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Published: 23 February 2006

256 Pages


ISBN: 9780198567363

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The Philosophy of Palliative Care

Critique and reconstruction

Fiona Randall and R S Downie

  • Encourage readers to understand fully the basis of the critique, allowing them to consider whether changes to the philosophy are warranted, or to stimulate counter-arguments in defence of the philosophy
  • Suggests simpler ways of dealing with end of life care, returning to the original vision of Dame Cicely Saunders
  • Discusses controversial issues such as resuscitation and advance statements, and symptom-control and life-prolonging treatments
  • Every chapter makes positive suggestions for a reconstructed palliative care philosophy and the final chapter expands and develops these suggestions

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