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Cicely Saunders: A Life and Legacy

David Clark


Cicely Saunders founded St Christopher’s Hospice in London in 1967 as a centre for teaching, research, and care. Its influence quickly spread around the world. Cicely Saunders — A Life and Legacy shows how she played a crucial role in shaping a new discourse of care at the end of life. From the nihilism of ‘there is nothing more we can do’, medicine and healthcare gradually adopted a more purposeful approach to care in the face of advanced disease and at the end of life. This came to be known as palliative care. This biography links for the first time the ideas and practice of Cicely Saunders ... More

Keywords: Cicely Saunders, history of medicine, biography, St Christopher’s hospice, hospice care, palliative care, the Hospice Movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190637934
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190637934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Clark, author
Professor and Wellcome Trust Investigator, University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus, School of Interdisciplinary Studies