Chandramouli Balasubramanian1, Malathy Subramanian2, Sarasa Balasubramanian2, Amit Agrawal3, Savitha Raveendran4, Chandrasekaran Kaliaperumal5
1Department of Neurosurgery, NHS Kings College Hospital, UK, London.
2Department of Educational and Mathematical Psychology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
3Department of Neurosurgery, Narayana Medical College, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India.
4Department of Psychiatry, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh, UK.
5Department of Neurosurgery, Western General Hospital and Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK.
We aim to explore the concept of “fear of death” (FOD) or “Thanatophobia” from a physician’s perspective. We discuss the nuances to Erik Erickson model, psychophysiology and evidence from literature on factors contributing to FOD, use psychoanalysis to explore a couple of hypothetical examples, provide a glimpse to technological nuance and current multidisciplinary approach. Read more…