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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 Management of Patients in the Terminal Stage

The Management of Patients in the Terminal Stage

First published in Cancer, Vol. 6. (1960), ed. R. Raven, pp. 403–17. London: Butterworth and Company.

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Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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This is Cicely Saunders' 1960 chapter in a major six volume series on cancer, edited by the surgeon Ronald Raven. It opens with a plea for ‘the art rather than the science of medicine’. It begins with a discussion of home care, taking in the activities of the social worker, home nurse, doctor, and family members, but also argues that nearly half of the patients in the terminal stages of illness need institutional care and goes on to discuss the role of hospitals, geriatric units, nursing homes, and ‘terminal hospitals or homes’ in this regard.

Keywords:   cancer, terminal hospitals, Ronald Raven, geriatric units, home care

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