- Title Pages
- 1 Dying of Cancer
- 2 Should a Patient Know … ?
- 3 When a Patient is Dying
- 4 The Management of Patients in the Terminal Stage
- 5 And From Sudden Death…
- 6 A Patient
- 7 the Care of the Dying
- 8 Terminal Illness
- 9 Working at St. Joseph's Hospice Hackney
- 10 The Treatment of Intractable Pain In Terminal Cancer
- 11 Distress in Dying
- 12 The Depths and the Possible Heights
- 13 The Need for Institutional Care for the Patient with Advanced Cancer
- 14 the Last Stages of Life
- 15 the Last Frontier
- 16 The Management of Terminal Illness
- 17 St. Christopher's Hospice
- 18 Training for the Practice of Clinical Gerontology: The Role of Social Medicine
- 19 A Place to Die
- 20 Dimensions of Death
- 21 The Problem of Euthanasia (Care of the Dying—1)
- 22 Appropriate Treatment, Appropriate Death
- 23 The Philosophy of Terminal Care
- 24 Templeton Prize Speech
- 25 Current Views on Pain Relief and Terminal Care
- 26 Heroin and Morphine In Advanced Cancer
- 27 Pain and Impending Death
- 28 On Dying Well
- 29 Evaluation of Hospice Activities
- 30 The Modern Hospice
- 31 Foreword (<i>Pain: an Exploration</i>)
- 32 Spiritual Pain
- 33 Hospice—a Meeting Place for Religion and Science
- 34 Letter (On Alfred Worcester)
- 35 Voluntary Euthanasia
- 36 Foreword (<i>Mortally Wounded:Stories of Soul Pain, Death, and Healing</i>)
- 37 Why I Welcome TV Cameras at the Death Bed
- 38 Foreword (Good Practices In Palliative Care: A Psychosocial Perspective)
- 39 Origins: International Perspectives, Then and Now
- 40 the Evolution of Palliative Care
- 41 A Voice for the Voiceless
- 42 The Evolution of Palliative Care
- 43 Foreword (Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine)
- 44 Introduction (<i>Management of Advanced Disease</i>)
Should a Patient Know … ?
Should a Patient Know … ?
First published in Nursing Times (16 October 1959), Pp. 994–5.
- (p.13) 2 Should a Patient Know … ?
- Cicely Saunders
- Oxford University Press
Should a patient know he is dying? This question is argued freely by nurses and doctors and also by his friends and relations. It is wrong to be dogmatic in advancing one's own views and it is impossible to suggest a general rule, but people need to consider some basic principles on the subject if they are not to be caught unawares and to make decisions based on little more than feelings. The care of the dying is pre-eminently the time for doctor, nurse and chaplain to cooperate. In practice, at the moment, many people are so out of touch with the Church that they find it hard to respond to the visit of a clergyman at this stage. In many hospitals the chaplain's visit is a routine but it is a great help to him if he is told as soon as possible of anyone who is in special need.
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