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Observations Medicine and the Media

Jade, class, and cervical cancer

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b691 (Published 18 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b691

To every thing there is a season...

...and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time
to die (Ecclesiastes 3.1-2)

Unless the deceased is a centenarian, death never seems timely. And death is
never less timely than when it affects the young. But we must remember that
life and death are inseparable, and that medicine involves death as well as life.
So let’s fight for life, but learn to accept the inevitability of death. And let’s
focus on the quality of life, and not just the quantity.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 February 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA