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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 4, 2005

THE FEAR OF DEATH: MORBID MANIFESTATIONS OF THE INSTINCT.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(17):2168. doi:10.1001/jama.293.17.2168

J. LEONARD CORNING, M.D., L.L.D.
NEW YORK.

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.

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