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April 19, 1976

Death Inside Out: The Hastings Center Report

Author Affiliations

Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Boston

JAMA. 1976;235(16):1740. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260420054039

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The one-time scarcity of writing regarding death and the dying experience has been supplanted by a profusion of writing from authors with variable credentials, many of whom blame and discredit the physician for being exquisitely insensitive to the personal and social problems accompanying fatal illness. Critical examination of issues is not found too frequently. The Hasting Center some years ago organized a study group of individuals whose purpose was to examine, in scholarly fashion, issues relating to death and dying as they attend to the American struggle for health. Over the years, the Center has issued several bulletins; the volume Death Inside Out is a compilation of these already published essays into a single volume. Thus, there is nothing new in this book. However, the essays continue to make a vigorous impact, and the rereading promoted a sense of worthy discourse and knowledgeable artistry.

The essays are not meant to