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Editor's choice
  1. Bill Noble
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bill Noble, Academic Unit of Supportive Care, University of Sheffield, Sykes House, Little Common Lane, Sheffield S11 9NE, UK; bill.noble{at}

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This issue includes papers that report work on the nature of society's response to death, dying and terminal illness. The themes are diverse.

My editor's choice for this issue is a paper that brings a remarkable level of sophistication to analysis of the human condition in care of the dying. It has shown the possibility of using a third generation social network approach to demonstrate community development through end-of-life caring. Rosemary Leonard, Debbie Horsfall and Kerrie Noonan in Sydney have provided some insights for carers and formal service providers in the value of informal caring networks, by a method that …

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