Book ID: CBB432012178

To Comfort Always: A history of palliative medicine since the nineteenth century (2016)


David Clark (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 255
Language: English

Palliative medicine was first recognised as a specialist field in 1987. One hundred years earlier, London based doctor William Munk published a treatise on 'easeful death' that mapped out the principles of practical, spiritual, and medical support at the end of life. In the intervening years a major process of development took place which led to innovative services, new approaches to the study and relief of pain and other symptoms, a growing interest in 'holistic' care, and a desire to gain more recognition for care at the end of life. This book traces the history of palliative medicine, from its nineteenth-century origins, to its modern practice around the world. It takes in the changing meaning of 'euthanasia', assesses the role of religious and philanthropic organisations in the creation of homes for the dying, and explores how twentieth-century doctors created a special focus on end of life care. To Comfort Always traces the rise of clinical studies, academic programmes and international collaborations to promote palliative care. It examines the continuing need to support development with evidence, and assesses the dilemmas of unequal access to services and pain relieving drugs, as well as the periodic accusations of creeping medicalization within the field. This is the first history of its kind, and the breadth of information it encompasses makes it an essential resource for those interested in the long-term achievements of palliative medicine as well as the challenges that remain.

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Authors & Contributors
Bourke, Joanna
Patterson, Thomas
Takeshita, Chikako
Weiner, Diane
Ernst, Waltraud
Carol, Anne
Historical Research: The Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of Medical Biography
Science in Context
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Oxford University Press
University of Chicago Press
Cambridge University Press
New York, City University of
University of Manchester (United Kingdom
University of California, Riverside
Medicine and society
Health care
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Professions and professionalization
Medicine and politics
Lisfranc, M. Jacques
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
18th century
20th century, early
17th century
United States
Great Britain
Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS)

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