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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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Appropriate Treatment, Appropriate Death

Appropriate Treatment, Appropriate Death

First published in The Management of Terminal Disease, 1st edn. (1978), ed. C. Saunders, pp. 1–9. London: Edward Arnold

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Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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The year 1978 saw the publication of the textbook which, over a long period, so many had been encouraging Cicely Saunders and her colleagues to produce. In this chapter, she opens up a discussion on the relationship of terminal care to the ‘cure’ and ‘care’ systems. However it is also noted that ‘no patient should become locked in what is for him the wrong system’. The discussion outlines a broad definition of terminal care, drawing on the work of Weismann — an absence of suffering, preservation of important relationships, an interval for anticipatory grief, relief of remaining conflicts, belief in timeliness, exercise of feasible options and activities, and consistency with physical limitations, all within the scope of one's ego ideal.

Keywords:   important relationships, terminal care, Weismann, suffering, anticipatory grief, timeliness, physical limitations, ego ideal

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