The Dying Patient

The Medical Management of Incurable and Terminal Illness

  • Editors
  • Eric¬†Wilkes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Ferguson Anderson
    Pages 1-15
  3. Rob Jones, Tom Arie
    Pages 17-44
  4. Martin Mott
    Pages 45-55
  5. Alan M. Johnson
    Pages 57-79
  6. Margaret M. Platts
    Pages 81-110
  7. Basil A. Stoll
    Pages 111-133
  8. F. E. Neal
    Pages 135-152
  9. John R. Bennett, Peter W. R. Lee
    Pages 153-168
  10. Susan M. Tempest, Ian M. C. Clarke
    Pages 187-208
  11. Peter Maguire
    Pages 233-253
  12. Michael A. Simpson
    Pages 255-262
  13. Eric Wilkes
    Pages 289-310
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 311-336

About this book


The main purpose of this book is to bring together some description of the skills and attitudes of those working in the hospice units specializing in terminal care with those rather different but overlapping skills used daily in the palliation of chronic or incurable disease. This varied collection of papers does not pretend to be exhaustive. Among the omissions, for example, are two major causes of deat- chronic respiratory disease and stroke. This is because the treatment of the end-state of these conditions - and they are not alone in this - lies more in the gentle withdrawal of measures no longer appropriate rather than in any positive regime within the gift of the physician. This may lead on occasion to an unjustifiable diminution of interest, but this is less likely in cases of cardiac or malignant disease. Ischaemic heart disease remains the main killer of the western world. We may see important changes in our approach over the next decade as we document slowly and painstakingly the comparative ineffectiveness of our therapy; but in cases of progressive cardiac disease no matter how we may argue as to management or prevention, we are agreed that we must lighten the dreary burden of illness as effectively as possible.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-6248-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-6246-3
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