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Letters Place of death

It’s important to see death and dying in a broad cultural context

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 27 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5679
  1. Richard Smith, free range sceptic1
  1. 1London SW4 0LD, UK
  1. richardswsmith{at}

Pollock is right that place of death is a poor surrogate for the quality of dying,1 but in sniping at home as the best place to die she fails to see the broader cultural context.

One of her key …

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