Reflections on Palliative Care (Facing Death Series): Sociological and Policy Perspectives / Edition 1

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This overview of palliative care begins with discussions of the social meaning of death and suffering, aging and dying, grief and mourning, and euthanasia. Parts two, three, and four cover the history and development of palliative care; definitions and meanings; the routinization and medicalization theses; policy development and the NHS; delivery in hospitals, in-patient hospices, institutional homes, and at home; and the future of palliative care. Clark is a professor of medical sociology; Seymour is a research associate<-->both at the University of Sheffield. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335194544
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Facing Death Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Notes on the authors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Death in society 3
1 The social meaning of death and suffering 8
2 Ageing, dying and grieving 24
3 The ethics of dying 47
Pt. II The philosophy and practice of palliative care 59
4 History and development 65
5 Definitions, components, meanings 79
6 Routinization and medicalization 104
Pt. III Policy issues 125
7 Policy development and palliative care 131
8 The delivery of palliative care services 151
Pt. IV Conclusions 173
9 The future for palliative care 176
References 188
Index 211
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