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Textbook of Palliative Medicine 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0340966242
ISBN-10: 0340966246
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"useful and easy to read ... This book is refreshingly different. The highly experienced editors have brought together over 150 authors, largely from North America and Western Europe, to produce a remarkably cohesive text ... I would definitely recommend this textbook as an addition to any library, although it is a significant investment."
―Dr Fiona Hicks, Palliative Medicine

"To a large degree, this internationally authored, comprehensive, 1100-page book has done and admirable job of reflecting the depth and complexity of the field. More than most medical textbooks, the Textbook of Palliative Medicine deal with organizational, educational, and research topics ... Palliative medicine specialists will find this to be a superb reference material for the provision of compassionate care for patients with serious illness and their families. Every medical school and hospice should have a copy of this book."
Journal of the American Medical Association

About the Author

Eduardo Bruera, Professor and Chair, Department of Palliative Care & Rehabilitation Medicine, U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA

Irene J Higginson, Professor of Palliative Care and Policy, Kings College London, UK

Carla Ripamonti, Head, Day-Hospital and Outpatient Clinic of Pain Therapy and Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Operative Unit, National Cancer Institute, Milan, Italy

Charles von Gunten, Director, Center for Palliative Studies, San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, San Diego California, USA

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340966246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340966242
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many times, I see a textbook as a reference, but to actually read the text beyond a reference point is absolutely stultifying -- akin to reading a telephone book. I'm pleased to report that this text is highly readable and actually has a method (Oslerian) to its organizational presentation.

I appreciate the homage this text pays to historical pioneers as well as present-day leaders in the field. All of us stand on the shoulders of giants -- and it's good medicine to understand the evolution of the field. This is true with respect to public policy, historical events, financial realities, disease epidemics and drug development.

The vast majority of palliative care throughout the world remains lay-led. This will not change in the foreseeable future. In some ways, this core understanding provides a thoroughly pragmatic and realistic grounding of palliative care within medicine. But what this textbook gently conveys is the notion that professional leadership and academic tethering of the field makes a genuine difference. We can't be good at everything -- and letting go of hubris (no matter the academic recognition or professional laurels) is the first step in caring for others. We can -- and must -- learn from others -- and that's why textbooks are important.

The textbook does not preach, it does not scold, and it does not trick. When I come to read this textbook, I don't want or need riddles or contrived intuition -- I just need some background and thoughtful options. I think the authors have aimed well! Because the "certification" of palliative care in the USA is so new (2006), some of the text materials in the field were brought too quick to market (in my humble opinion) and really lack for poor or cursory editing.
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By pvel on August 4, 2012
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As a physician interested in palliative care and preparing for the palliative care boards, I purchased this book and the Oxford textbook of Palliative Medicine.
While I found both books useful, and this one has several hundred fewer pages, I found the Oxford Textbook to be more informative and deal with topics in greater depth. When I read some of the chapters in this book, I felt like there was not enough information, sort of a superficial treatment of certain topics.
I wish there was a condensed board review type book in palliative care, with sample questions. I have not found one.
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Dear all,
I have purchased this volume of book for reference as I planned to work in an institute heavily involved in palliative medicine and care of elderly suffering from terminal illnesses.
I found this book very comprehensive and I can get most useful information from it on nearly every topics that are relevant to my clinical practice.
It is a very good reference for those who are working for the benefit of elderly who suffered from incurable disease, but one wish to maintain their quality of lives at the end of life care setting.
I highly recommend this book to colleagues in geriatric field!
Aaron Lee.
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