Lege Artis Medicinae

[Ars Moriendi, the good death]

VÉGH János

NOVEMBER 30, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(11)

[There is no period in history in which everyone was so desperately concerned with the idea of his death as in the fifteenth century. In every walk of life, at every hour of the day, it was on people's minds. Life on earth, it was believed, could be interesting and attractive, or on the contrary burdensome, even barely bearable, its main purpose being either way to prepare for a meeting of immense importance.]



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