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Cicely Saunders – Founder of the Hospice Movement: Selected letters 1959–1999

David Clark


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 dying and bereaved people. Founding St Christopher'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’. Saunders' ideas about clinical care, education, and research have been hugely influenti ... More

Keywords: Cicely Saunders, hospice care, St Christopher's Hospice, end of life, physical problems, social problems, emotional problems, spiritual problems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198569695
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569695.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Clark, author
Professor of Medical Sociology and Director, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University, UK

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