Medicine And Books

A Good Death: Conversations with East Londoners

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7058.697a (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:697
  1. Jennifer Barraclough

    Michael Young, Lesley Cullen Routledge, (poounds sterling)13.99, pp 249 ISBN 0 415 13797 7

    Within the palliative care movement, concepts of a “good death” from cancer include relief of physical symptoms, psychological adjustment to being terminally ill, harmonious resolution of personal relationships, fulfilment of goals, maintaining a sense of dignity and control, and achievement of spiritual equilibrium.

    Young and Cullen's book is based on the views of 14 patients with cancer selected by hospice or hospital staff as having a likely life prognosis of three to four months (one of them lived three …

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