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Description: This book is the third in the Supportive Care series, which covers issues related to the holistic care of patients and their families. Supportive care includes but is not limited to psychological, social, spiritual, and palliative care. This book, however, focuses on issues unique to surgery in the palliative care setting.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide coverage of surgical and surgical subspecialty issues in the terminally ill patient, with emphasis given to surgery as part of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
Features: The target audience for this book includes surgeons, pain medicine physicians, geriatricians, palliative care specialists, and selected nonphysician care providers of terminally ill patients.
Assessment: The multiple contributing authors and two editors provide a broad range of perspectives on the topic of surgical care in the terminally ill patient. There are two major sections, the first of which focuses on the philosophy surrounding surgeons in the care of patients at the end-of-life. The second section addresses specific problems in a specialty-oriented fashion. The book also includes a chapter addressing palliative care in the developing world.