Cicely Saunders - Founder Of The Hospice Movement: Selected Letters 1959-1999

Paperback | May 15, 2005

byDavid Clark

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Cicely Saunders is universally acclaimed as a pioneer of modern hospice care. Trained initially in nursing and social work, she qualified in medicine in 1958 and subsequently dedicated the whole of her professional life to improving the care of the dying and bereaved people. Founding StChristopher's Hospice in London in 1967, she encouraged a radical new approach to end of life care combining attention to physical, social, emotional and spiritual problems, brilliantly captured in her concept of 'total pain'. Her ideas about clinical care, education and research have been hugelyinfluential, leading to numerous prizes and awards in recognition of her humanitarian achievements. In this book the sociologist and historian David Clark presents a selection of her vast correspondence, together with his own commentary. The letters of Cicely Saunders tell a remarkable story ofvision, determination and creativity. They should be read by anyone interested in how we die in the modern world.

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Cicely Saunders is universally acclaimed as a pioneer of modern hospice care. Trained initially in nursing and social work, she qualified in medicine in 1958 and subsequently dedicated the whole of her professional life to improving the care of the dying and bereaved people. Founding StChristopher's Hospice in London in 1967, she enco...

David Clark is the author and editor of many books and papers and has written widely on sociological aspects of religion, family life and end of life care. His more recent interests include the history of hospice, palliative care and pain medicine; policy issues in the international development of palliative care; and related ethical...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:422 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.94 inPublished:May 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Realising a vision (1959-1967)2. The expansive years (1968-1985)3. An exacting joy (1986-1999)

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`This volume provides a truly privileged view of the life and work of Dame Cicely Saunders, as seen through a selection of her correspondence, over the four decades that she has championed hospice and palliative care... This is a most enjoyable and interesting book... Balfour Mount concludeshis Foreword by saying "These letters have helped to shape medical history. We are indebted to Dame Cicely and David Clark for this precious gift." Very true.'IAHPC Website