Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cicely Saunders – Founder of the Hospice MovementSelected letters 1959–1999$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Clark

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198569695

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569695.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 October 2021

Realizing a vision (1959–1967)

Realizing a vision (1959–1967)

(p.5) Part 1 Realizing a vision (1959–1967) (p.6)
Cicely Saunders – Founder of the Hospice Movement

David Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Cicely Saunders's conception of a new method that would change the clinical field, particularly care for the dying worldwide. In the summer of 1957, before she acquired her qualifications in medicine, Saunders wrote her first publication, which centred on a new approach to the care of dying people. In her paper, her intention of providing approaches that would centre on caring for dying became prevalent. Saunders' 1958 paper took note of the seeming desertion by the doctors of their patients, leaving them to cope with the remaining days of their lives in isolation. She reiterated that doctors should remain the head of a team that continually works to relieve what cannot be healed, to maintain the patient's struggles within their priorities and to bring hope and consolidation to the very end. Although the British National Health Service was driven by the aim to give services from ‘cradle to grave’, little attention was given to dying people. Saunders was one of the few clinicians who took considerable interest in the welfare of the dying. Her encounter with David Tasma and her experience at St. Joseph's helped her create her methods for hospice care and to establish the St. Christopher's Hospice. With a single goal of creating the first modern hospice, Saunders set a social train that would change the perception of caring for dying throughout the world.

Keywords:   care for dying, Cicely Saunders, dying people, St. Joseph's, David Tasma, hospice care, St. Christopher's Hospice, hospice

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .