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Cicely SaundersA Life and Legacy$
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David Clark

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190637934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190637934.001.0001

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Prologue: Whys and Wherefores

Prologue: Whys and Wherefores

(p.1) Prologue: Whys and Wherefores
Cicely Saunders

David Clark

Oxford University Press

The prologue describes the methods and sources that underpin the biography. Principal among these are the recently consolidated and extensive Cicely Saunders’s archives at King’s College London. Also key to the work is a decade of practical collaboration between Cicely Saunders and David Clark in the last years of her life, during which Professor Clark undertook some twenty interviews with her, in preparation for writing a posthumous biography. They also collaborated on published volumes of her letters and selected writings. In addition, Professor Clark draws on his own extensive oral history archive, that includes interviews with many of Saunders’s contemporaries and associates. This section serves as a ‘frame’ for the biography and clarifies the key goals: to understand Cicely Saunders’s life and contribution to hospice and palliative care and to make sense of the dynamic interplay between her personal experience and the wider development of the field.

Keywords:   Cicely Saunders, Prologue, the Hospice Movement, hospice care, palliative care

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