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Death and the AuthorHow D. H. Lawrence Died, and Was Remembered$
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David Ellis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546657

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546657.001.0001

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(p.21) 3 Denial
Death and the Author

David Ellis

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the coping mechanism of a terminally ill person which is denial. There are moments in the lives of many people when doctors feel obliged to give them bad news. No clear protocol exists about how to respond to this news, nor indeed about how to impart it. For most of the years of its terrifying dominance the burden of cure in tuberculosis lay heavily on the patient, and doctors were therefore well aware of the importance of psychological factors. Denial is usually temporary defense and soon will be replaced by partial acceptance.

Keywords:   D. H. Lawrence, terminally ill, denial, coping mechanism, tuberculosis, psychological factors

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