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March 1975

"How Do You Want to Die?"— A Follow-Up

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(3):489. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330030139014

To the Editor.  —In follow-up to my article titled "How do you want to die?" in your October 1973 issue, I wish to add these notes:I have been collecting more answers to that question in the later issues of the Swedish weekly magazine Vecko-Journalen, and their total number is now 200. I have taken the liberty of assigning those answers that could reasonably be classified into the same categories as in the aforementioned report, adding, however, three more categories—"alone," "never," and "evading the question." The Table shows the distribution of answers in these categories.Since my previous summary was also published in Vecko-Journalen in the fall of 1972, I was afraid that this might influence the answers of those subsequently interviewed. However, such an effect, if any, is probably of short duration, and I have no impression that the later answers actually have been influenced by any statistics. Yet there

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