This is the fourth book in a series devoted to research and practice in palliative care. This rapidly evolving field focuses on the management of phenomena that produce discomfort and that undermine the quality of life of patients with incurable medical disorders. To highlight the diversityin this field, each volume is divided into sections that address a range of issues. Various sections discuss aspects of symptom control, psyshosocial functioning, spiritual or existential concerns, ethics, and other topics. The 4 sections in this volume are Survial Estimation in Palliative Care,Education and Training in Palliative Care, Procoagulant and Anticoagulant Therapy in Palliative Care, and Issues in the Assessment and Management of Common Symptoms. The authors present and evaluate existing data, provide a context drawn from both the clinic and research, and integrate knowledge ina manner that is both practical and readable.