Medicine: Gruesome Peerings

Last week the Lancet, British medical journal, commented in an editorial: "Death has been considered from many points of view, but it is doubtful if there ever has been any systematic investigation into the events surrounding the act of dying. Numerous books described scenes at the deathbeds of celebrated men, while much medical literature is devoted to processes of dissolution and means of postponing it, yet from the scientific point of view there is little information available about the final hours of life."

To fill this astounding hiatus on the bookshelves of science,...

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