Cicely Saunders: A Life and Legacy (Hardback)
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Cicely Saunders: A Life and Legacy (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 28/06/2018
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Born at the end of World War One into a prosperous London family, Cicely Saunders struggled at school before gaining entry to Oxford University to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. As World War Two gained momentum, she quit academic study to train as a nurse, thereby igniting her lifelong interest in caring for others. Following a back injury, she became a medical social worker, and then in her late 30s, qualified as a physician. By now her focus was on a hugely neglected area of modern health services: the care of the dying. When she opened the world's first modern hospice in 1967 a quiet revolution got underway. Education, research, and clinical practice were combined in a model of 'total care' for terminally ill patients and their families that quickly had a massive impact. In Cicely Saunders: A Life and Legacy, David Clark draws on interviews, correspondence, and the publications of Cicely Saunders to tell the remarkable story of how she pursued her goals through the complexity of her personal life, the skepticism of others, and the pervasive influence of her religious faith. When she died in 2005, her legacy was firmly established in the growing field of hospice and palliative care, which had now gained global recognition.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190637934
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 243 x 163 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The book will be of direct interest to a wide range of those within the palliative care community as well as more general readers sympathetic to Saunders emphasis on the holistic care of the whole person. Moreover, with his blend of historiography and sociology, Clark also appeals to medical humanities scholars and, through his initial enquiries into some of Saunders literary influences such as C S Lewis or Julian of Norwich, opens the door to further research in this area. * Joe Wood, BMJ Medical Humanities *
This biography is well documented, almost like a journal article, if not a movie. Some black-and-white pictures ... allow readers to connect more directly with Saunders in different circumstances of her life, instead of official portraits immortalizing great moments of a career. This is definitely a different biography, the illustration of a life and a cause, based on personal contact with the subject, with her fights, her disappointments, her successes and, also, her post-factum reflection on her life. * Alain Touwaide, PhD(The Huntington), Doody's Review *
This book is a fitting tribute to the passion, tenacity, and intellect of a remarkable woman. First class. Fascinating. Strongly recommended. * Roger Woodruff, IAHPC Newsletter *
Personal interviews make the latest biography of Dame Cicely Saunders a rich, fascinating read. * Matthew Bodley, ehospice *
I now have the opportunity to understand what made Cicely Saunders human, how working with the dying helped her to live through the newly published biography written by Professor David Clark, founder of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group. * Dr Sheri Mila Gerson, Research Associate, End of Life Studies Group at the University of Glasgow School of Interdisciplinary Studies *

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