Dying and Death

  • Frederick Sierles


Although death has been a subject of fascination from the beginning of recorded history, and although articles on psychology of dying have appeared sporadically in the medical literature for many years [1–5], the subject of the psychology of dying was not widely discussed or taught in medical school until the late 1960s. Kubler-Ross [6–8] and Saunders [1] are names associated with the popularization within the medical profession of the psychology of the dying. Kubler-Ross’ 1969 book On Death and Dying [6] has reached the status of a classic. Before 1970, physicians rarely discussed the psychology of dying and often avoided treating or talking to dying patients. Today, the subject is frequently discussed and more options are considered in the treatment of dying patients. Whether physicians have become more available to dying patients is not clear.


Brain Death Versus Versus Versus Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Lysergic Acid Endogenous Depression 
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