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Vol 8, No 1 (2009)
Review articles
Published online: 2009-02-06
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Letting go

Robert Twycross
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2009;8(1):3-6.

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Vol 8, No 1 (2009)
Review articles
Published online: 2009-02-06

Abstract

This article reflects part of Dr Twycross’ lecture Death without suffering given in October 2008 at the 2nd Congress of the Polish Association for Palliative Medicine. Much of the content will also be included in Symptom Management in Advanced Cancer 4th edition 2009, co-authored with Andrew Wilcock and Claire Stark Toller, whose contributions are gratefully acknowledged. The article supplements those published in this journal (vol. 7, no. 3) on the need for a balanced approach in relation to the issue of sustaining life versus allowing death, and the need to avoid overzealous life-sustaining treatment in those with end-stage disease. The article has added value in that it is contributed by someone whose medical career, spanning some 40 years, was spent almost entirely in palliative care.

Abstract

This article reflects part of Dr Twycross’ lecture Death without suffering given in October 2008 at the 2nd Congress of the Polish Association for Palliative Medicine. Much of the content will also be included in Symptom Management in Advanced Cancer 4th edition 2009, co-authored with Andrew Wilcock and Claire Stark Toller, whose contributions are gratefully acknowledged. The article supplements those published in this journal (vol. 7, no. 3) on the need for a balanced approach in relation to the issue of sustaining life versus allowing death, and the need to avoid overzealous life-sustaining treatment in those with end-stage disease. The article has added value in that it is contributed by someone whose medical career, spanning some 40 years, was spent almost entirely in palliative care.
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Title

Letting go

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 8, No 1 (2009)

Pages

3-6

Published online

2009-02-06

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2009;8(1):3-6.

Authors

Robert Twycross

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