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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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Terminal Illness

Terminal Illness

First published in Proceedings of Health Congress of the Royal Society of Health, Symposium on ‘Teaching, an Aspect of Home Care’, (Blackpool 24–28 April 1961), pp. 112–14. London: Royal Society of Health.

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Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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This is a paper originally presented in 1961 to the Congress of the Royal Society of Health and which had an important role in disseminating Cicely Saunders' developing ideas at that time, particularly to officials in the Ministry of Health who were beginning to take an interest in her work. It considers more personal aspects of terminal care. In this work, people are made to face their attitudes to death, emotions, fears and also faith. A nurse can be so overwhelmed with sympathy that she loses her steadiness and her efficiency; it is not to be suggested that common sense or professional standing be left on one side. However, they will fail their dying patients if they always remain hidden behind technical functions and avoid the true personal contact for which so often patients are longing.

Keywords:   Ministry of Health, Royal Society of Health, attitudes, terminal care, sympathy, technical functions, personal contact

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