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To Comfort Always: lessons from the past to inform the future at Hospice UK 2016

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David Clark at Hospice UK conference (image copyright Jonathan Goldberg jongoldberg.co.uk)

I have had close links with Hospice UK for many years, serving first as a Trustee and now as a Vice-President. So it was a real honour to be invited to give the opening plenary at the charity’s annual conference in Liverpool, in a splendid riverside setting overlooking the Mersey.  The timing was good too. … Continue reading

To Comfort Always: a history of palliative medicine since the nineteenth century

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I have been interested in the history of palliative care for over 20 years.  I first got going on this work with Neil Small by conducting interviews with hospice founders in the United Kingdom and we then collaborated with Michelle Winslow and Nic Hughes on a general interest book about hospice pioneers. Later I worked… Continue reading

Early origins of St Christopher’s Hospice

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Very soon Dame Barbara Monroe will retire after a tremendous term of office as Chief Executive at St Christopher’s Hospice in South London – and many years there before that as a practising social worker. The event set me thinking about the early origins of St Christopher’s and some of the factors that shaped its… Continue reading

Pain, ‘euthanasia’ and the nineteenth century roots of palliative medicine

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The Docotr by Sir Luke Fildes

I am working on a new book at the moment, entitled To Comfort Always: A history of palliative medicine from the nineteenth century. In the opening chapter, I try to tease out some of the approaches to pain relief that were developing during the Victorian period in Britain. It is a fascinating trajectory. As the… Continue reading