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Josefina Bautista Magno

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 25 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:753

A leader of the hospice movement in the United States and internationally

Josefina Bautista Magno broke ground in getting the medical profession to understand the need for pain relief and palliative care for terminally ill patients. She envisioned an environment where dying patients could get comfort, care, and spiritual counselling. Magno developed some of the first hospices in the United States. More recently, she developed programmes to spread hospice care internationally.

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Born and raised in the Philippines, she completed her medical training at the University of Santo Tomas, the Philippines, in 1943. She trained as a haematologist and oncologist at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Magno was not a stranger to cancer, death, and dying, according to Bill Farr, vice chairman of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC). Her husband, a sister, and a son died from cancer. Magno also developed breast …

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