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[Perspectives] Perspectives on mortality

Charles Bock’s novel, Alice and Oliver, opens with a young mother, Alice Culvert, walking down a Manhattan street carrying her infant daughter when a coughing fit brings up blood. Soon she is in a hospital with neutropenic fever and is diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. She decides to endure years of agonising treatments on the chance that she might live to raise her daughter.

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