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Death and Dying

  1. Rosamond Rhodes

Published Online: 29 JAN 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003484



How to Cite

Rhodes, R. 2003. Death and Dying. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JAN 2003

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Because of technological advances that have enabled medicine to preserve and support life and the advances that have enabled physicians to measure previously unobservable biological activities, a host of social issues involving death and dying have developed. In light of these developments society has to refine its understanding of death and develop acceptable standards for decision-making surrounding death and dying.


  • brain death;
  • death;
  • doctrine of double effect;
  • dying;
  • euthanasia