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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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A Patient

A Patient

First published in Nursing Times (31 March 1961), pp. 394 – 7.

(p.41) 6 A Patient
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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This chapter is an extended case study of ‘Mrs. G’, a patient whom Cicely Saunders knew for over seven years prior to her death and who is described here in moving detail. Mrs. G suffered from relapses culminating in a severe optic neuritis with partial blindness, complete spastic paraplegia and considerable loss of movement and sensation in her arms. She was diagnosed Devic's disease, but above her spirit, determination and her great but simple faith in God grew over the years. She fought a very good fight, and she found and kept the faith.

Keywords:   spastic paraplegia, spirit, faith, optic neuritis, paraplegia, determination

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