The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine is a PubMed-indexed, open access, quarterly journal edited by Yale medical, graduate, and professional students and peer reviewed by an extensive network of experts in the fields of biology and medicine. The journal aims to showcase outstanding research articles from all areas of biology and medicine, to publish significant case reviews, and to provide both perspectives on personal experiences in medicine and reviews of the current state of biology and medicine.
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Death is ubiquitous and inevitable, and yet, there remain many outstanding questions about death across different disciplines and biological scales. This issue covers both the basic biology of death as well as medical, ethical, and legal issues surrounding death, including end of life care. As such, our cover depicts a skull and hourglass to symbolize death and its inevitability, surrounded by scientific objects that symbolize the various disciplines represented in our issue. The test tube and microscope represents basic research on the biology of death, the plague doctor's mask symbolizes the study of death within human populations, and lastly, the stethoscope and book represent the medical and ethical/legal approaches to death and dying. Original cover design by Peter Harris.
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