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August 1961

My Brother Death

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(2):323-324. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620080155026

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Not since Sacheverell Sitwell gave it a glancing blow in his book, The Dance of the Quick and the Dead, has a layman addressed himself so cogently to the problem of death, especially mass death. Sulzberger's book with its graphic descriptions of death under various circumstances does not dwell on the intensely personal aspects of individual death. This is not to say that the book is unphilosophic or does not approach the metaphysical, speculative, and subjective implications of individual death, but the bulk of the material and the general impact is that of death of masses rather than death of individual persons. Perhaps Sulzberger's fascination with death is the same one which inspired the assault and final conquering of Mt. Everest. In the last essence he tackled it because "it is there."

Not for Mr. Sulzberger are the comforts of religion. He looks at death from the necessarily paradoxical stance

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