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Performing the good death: the medieval Ars moriendi and contemporary doctors

Thornton, K; Phillips, C B


Death is inevitable, but dying well is not. Despite the role of medical professionals as overseers of dying in contemporary society, there is comparatively little discourse among doctors about the constituents of a good death. In the 15th century, by contrast, the Ars moriendi portrayed normative medieval ideas about good and bad deaths. At a time when dying could be viewed as a performed battle against damnation, the Ars moriendi codified a set of moral precepts that governed the expression of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Medical Humanities
DOI: 10.1136/jmh.2009.001693
Access Rights: Open Access


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