To Comfort Always: A history of palliative medicine since the nineteenth century

Hardcover | November 12, 2016

byDavid Clark

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Palliative medicine was first recognised as a specialist field in 1987. One hundred years earlier, London based doctor William Munk published a treatise on "easeful death" that mapped out the principles of practical, spiritual, and medical support at the end of life. In the intervening years amajor process of development took place which led to innovative services, new approaches to the study and relief of pain and other symptoms, a growing interest in "holistic" care, and a desire to gain more recognition for care at the end of life. This book traces the history of palliative medicine, from its nineteenth-century origins, to its modern practice around the world. It takes in the changing meaning of "euthanasia", assesses the role of religious and philanthropic organisations in the creation of homes for the dying, and explores howtwentieth-century doctors created a special focus on end of life care. To Comfort Always traces the rise of clinical studies, academic programmes and international collaborations to promote palliative care. It examines the continuing need to support development with evidence, and assesses thedilemmas of unequal access to services and pain relieving drugs, as well as the periodic accusations of creeping medicalization within the field. This is the first history of its kind, and the breadth of information it encompasses makes it an essential resource for those interested in the long-term achievements of palliative medicine as well as the challenges that remain.

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Palliative medicine was first recognised as a specialist field in 1987. One hundred years earlier, London based doctor William Munk published a treatise on "easeful death" that mapped out the principles of practical, spiritual, and medical support at the end of life. In the intervening years amajor process of development took place whi...

Professor David Clark is a sociologist at the University of Glasgow. He founded the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University in 2003 and has wide ranging interests in the history and global development of palliative care. He has a particular knowledge of the life and work of Dame Cicely Saunders and has edi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:November 12, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199674280

ISBN - 13:9780199674282

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Table of Contents

1. Nineteenth century doctors and care of the dying2. Homes for the terminally ill: 1885-19453. Interest and disinterest in mid-twentieth century Britain4. Cicely Saunders and her early associates: A kaleidoscope of effects5. Defining the clinical realm6. Specialty recognition and global development7. Palliative medicine: historical record and challenges that remainIndex