By H. L. Glyn Hughes, CBE, DSO, MC, MRCS, LRCP. Price, 5 shillings. Pp. 63, with no illustrations. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 3 Prince Albert Road, London N.W. 1, England, 1960.
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In our society the topic of death and dying has not been a suitable theme for concerted investigation. In fact, physicians have so thoroughly shunned it that one might think that death and dying were not inevitably parts of the practice of medicine. Hughes has collected an enormous amount of information about the circumstances under which people in England die under the auspices of the National Health Service or otherwise. Though this is a macabre topic, Hughes avoids the morbid view of some pathologists and the statistical recording of human deaths as so many marks or numbers on a chart. The emphasis of Hughes' analysis was a study of the circumstances and the places where death happened to people who had chronic disease or debilities of a fatal sort. This group was subdivided into those who died after a relatively short illness and those who lingered for a period of
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