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Spinal column: matters of life and death by Melanie Reid

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walkway at the SECC, Glasgow

Melanie Reid’s article appeared in The Times Magazine on Saturday 19 March 2016, and is republished here with the kind permission of the author. Spinal column: matters of life and death ‘I’m very happy to talk about death. I’ve learnt it isn’t remotely the worst thing that can happen’ An icy night in early March,… Continue reading

First steps towards a palliative care research forum for Scotland

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As academics in palliative care in Scotland (David Clark, Marie Fallon and Scott Murray) we are delighted to see the prominent place given to research in the recently-published Scottish Government Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care (2016-21).  The Framework and the supporting evidence report not only draw heavily on recent… Continue reading

Invisible lives, invisible deaths: Tanith Muller on the hidden burden of Parkinson’s

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Tanith Muller

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on how generous people can be with their time and their experiences, even when times are impossibly tough. I’ve worked for the charity Parkinson’s UK for the last eight years. In that time I have met hundreds of people whose reality is dominated by the emotional and… Continue reading

La influencia de Cicely Saunders en los profesionales de cuidados paliativos (Dr Carlos Centeno on the influence of Cicely Saunders)

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Dr Carlos Centeno Cortés

Carlos Centeno remembers his first meeting with Cicely Saunders in her famous collection The Management of Terminal Malignant Disease. He describes the influence of that book  in his decision to become a palliative care doctor and the later influence of another meeting in another of Cicely´s books: Watch with Me. This reflection illustrates the influences she has had,… Continue reading

Palliation as a response to armed conflict

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Book cover: Kurt Mills, International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015

In the context of armed conflict, humanitarianism frequently functions as palliation. It is a powerful tool which must be used cautiously, with a close eye on political agendas, asserts Dr Kurt Mills of the Glasgow Human Rights Network in his new book. Palliation as a concept is most often used in the context of end… Continue reading

The birth of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine

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Being taken round a New Zealand hospice I was amused and, let’s admit it, thrilled to see a well-worn copy of the book, its hard cover almost falling off. “Well used !” I said to the doctor. “ Yes indeed” he said:  “perfect for holding up the old piano!” Thankfully he then pointed to two… Continue reading

The Crichton campus that could plug the care gap for older people

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Dr Sandy Fraser

Sandy Fraser, The Open University I’m 55 years old and have just acquired a long-term health condition. It might be a quite a few years before I acquire another health condition, still longer before I die. Life expectancy for men and women continues to increase but so has the proportion of life spent living with… Continue reading