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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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Becoming a Doctor (1951 – 1957)

Becoming a Doctor (1951 – 1957)

(p.71) 3 Becoming a Doctor (1951 – 1957)
Cicely Saunders

David Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Cicely Saunders’s decision to read Medicine and her years as a medical student, with its friendship groups, social activities, and spiritual journeying. It examines her deepening knowledge of terminal care, shown through her ongoing studies of and attachments to some of the London homes for the dying in the 1950s. It presents an opportunity to elaborate the wider context of terminal care in this era, when the understanding of pain and symptom relief remained rudimentary and when the newly formed National Health Service was giving little attention to the care of the aged and the dying. It takes us to 1958 and the publication in St Thomas’ Hospital Gazette of her first article, ‘Dying of Cancer’.

Keywords:   Cicely Saunders, the influence of Norman Barrett, Sancte e Sapienter, patients and their worlds, evangelical circles, drawing together her experience, practical applications

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