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Cicely Saunders

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.001.0001

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the Last Frontier

the Last Frontier

First published in Frontier (Autumn 1966), pp. 183–6.

(p.87) 15 the Last Frontier
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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The 1966 paper reproduced here, published in an ecumenically-oriented Christian quarterly, Frontier, sees death as ‘the frontier where physical, mental and spiritual meet’. It advises that pain is neither inevitable nor common in the dying, but that when present it can be complex in manifestation. It can however be controlled by a programme of drugs which still allows the patient to remain alert. Such was the case with ‘Louie’, a long term patient who is quoted at length in the article. Louie's words come from a tape-recorded interview with Cicely Saunders and are presented as an example of ‘pain controlled by drugs while yet the patient is able to entertain an intense spiritual awareness of all that is going on’.

Keywords:   Frontier, pain, dying, spiritual awareness, Louie

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