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June 13, 1977

Science and Immortality

JAMA. 1977;237(24):2651-2652. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270510073035

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In After Days: Thoughts on the Future Life,  by W. D. Howells et al (reprint of 1910 ed), 233 pp, with illus, $18, New York, Arno Press, 1977.

Before the Great Silence,  by Maurice Maeterlinck (Bernard Miall, trans, reprint of 1936 ed), 200 pp, $14, New York, Arno Press, 1977.Although much has been written recently about dying, not so much has been said about immortality. However, the recently issued Arno series of reprints, The Literature of Death and Dying, includes several works on this topic.Physicians may be especially interested in the 1904 lecture Science and Immortality, by Osler. Osler did not choose this topic, and rather reluctantly consented to deliver "the Ingersoll lecture on the immortality of man." In this graceful talk, rich in classical and poetic allusions and quotations, he discussed various attitudes toward the question of immortality and the difficulty of reconciling faith and reason. He