JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
J. LEONARD CORNING, M.D., L.L.D.
The instinct of life and the fear of death, the last but a manifestation
of the first, occupy and have always occupied a supreme place in human consciousness.
To mitigate the pain inspired by fear of death metaphysicians have goaded
their wits since the beginnings of history, while believers in various religions,
by affirming the existence of man beyond the tomb, have either diminished
or increased the dread of dissolution, depending on whether or not the dogma
was believed and whether happiness or the reverse was predicted.
THE FEAR OF DEATH: MORBID MANIFESTATIONS OF THE INSTINCT.. JAMA. 2005;293(17):2168. doi:10.1001/jama.293.17.2168