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The Big Picture: Celebrating death

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 02 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5897

Death & Beyond

Death is deadly, but hope is heady. So although anxiety spoils breathing, insomnia spoils sleeping, myopia spoils seeing, caries spoil eating, paralysis spoils moving, sickness spoils loving, and death spoils living, dreams foil death by toiling for peace and health. To quote John Donne, "Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so".

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 November 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA