Chapter – Palliative Care

  • Caroline Souza dos Anjos
  • Débora Souza Gaudencio Feijó


The term hospice was coined in medieval times to denote rest homes for pilgrims, travelers and foreigners who needed shelter for temporary rest. Hospices then reappeared in the history of mankind in mid-nineteenth century as places where severely ill persons received end of life care. Usually managed by religious orders, they also sheltered the indigents and patients with “incurable” diseases.


Palliative care Pain End of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Souza dos Anjos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Débora Souza Gaudencio Feijó
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Palliative Care Division of SENSUMED OncologySENSUMED Oncology ManausManausBrazil
  2. 2.Faculty of Medicine, Hospital das ClínicasUniversity of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto (FMRPUSP)Ribeirão PretoBrazil
  3. 3.King’s College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.CLION/GRUPO CAMSalvadorBrazil

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