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A Few Months to Live: Different Paths to Life's End; Physician's Guide to End-of-Life Care

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:305
  1. Mari Lloyd Williams, consultant senior lecturer in palliative medicine
  1. Leicester Cancer Centre and Leicestershire Hospice

    A Few Months to Live: Different Paths to Life's End;

    Jan Staton, Roger Shuy, Ira Byock

    Georgetown University Press, £19.50, pp 384

    ISBN 0 87840 841 X

    Physician's Guide to End-of-Life Care

    Eds Lois Snyder, Timothy E Quill

    American College of Physicians, £27, pp 267

    ISBN 1 930513 28 3

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    Five years ago, one of my dearest friends was diagnosed with leukaemia. Three years later she died. The close involvement with her and her outgoing, fun loving family during that time taught me more about palliative care than any number of years of specialist training could. Hospital appointments governed their lives. They were swamped by seemingly dozens of professionals—all no doubt by now identified in the cancer pathway—but they still managed to share laughter until the end.

    It is difficult to imagine what it must be …

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