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Medicine and Care of the DyingA Modern History$
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Milton J. Lewis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175486.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Medicine and Care of the Dying

Milton J. Lewis

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses briefly the history of care of the dying in the Anglo-Saxon countries. It reveals that the development of modern urban-industrial society was marked by a demographic transition and an epidemiological evolution. The chapter then identifies the common causes of death in modern society, late-modern society, and even during the nineteenth-century. The British model of the hospice is mentioned in passing. The introduction also includes a short overview of the seven chapters that folow it.

Keywords:   history of care, Anglo-Saxon countries, demographic transition, epidemiological society, causes of death, British hospice model

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