Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine

Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine

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Following publication of the first edition in 1993, the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine rapidly established itself as the definitive textbook on the subject. Each edition has received widespread critical acclaim, and the book is used across the world by the wide range of health care professionals involved in the care of patients with a terminal illness, or chronic, progressive conditions. Existing readers who automatically turn to the textbook will welcome this updated edition of their familiar reference, whilst it will prove a fascinating read to a new generation of palliative care professionals. The rapid development of the specialty means the textbook is always thoroughly revised between editions, and the fourth edition is no exception. The original editors Geoffrey Hanks and Nathan Cherny are joined by 4 new editors who are leaders in the field, and represent a more global editorial approach than ever before. The multi-disciplinary nature of palliative care is emphasised throughout, whilst an entire section looks at the individual professional roles that contribute to the best-quality palliative care. Ethical issues are explored, including topical chapters on the controversial issues of withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining therapy, and euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Communication issues and the psychiatric, spiritual, and psychosocial issues so integral to modern palliative care are covered in depth. As palliative care has become an established and accepted specialty, there is the need for the evidence-base to match other areas of clinical medicine, and a section looks specifically at research in palliative care. The treatment of symptoms is comprehensively covered, with particular focus on the management of pain. Specific chapters are devoted to the role of palliative care in non-malignant diseases and conditions, whilst education and training are highlighted as critical to future best practice. The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine has continually evolved, keeping pace with the changing face of palliative care, and this new edition ensures that it remains at the forefront of the specialty. No hospital, hospice, palliative care service, or medical library should be without a copy.

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  • Paperback | 1704 pages
  • 220 x 274 x 66mm | 3,639.94g
  • Oxford University Press
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 54 line drawings, and 72 black and white photographs
  • 0199693145
  • 9780199693146
  • 122,331

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Marie Fallon completed her Palliative Medicine Higher Specialist Training at St Thomas' Hospital London and in Bristol and was appointed to the St Columba's Hospice Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 2006. She is based in the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre and the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. Her research background is in opioid analgesia, complex cancer pain and barriers to symptom control. She is a founder member of the University of Edinburgh's Translational Research in Pain Group, which has a particular interest in cancer-induced bone pain. She is the Chief Investigator on a portfolio of Cancer Research UK funded multi-centre trials investigating various aspects of cancer pain. She leads a team of several Research Fellows working on various aspects of cancer-induced bone pain. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Dimbleby Cancer Care and chairs the Pain Sub Committee of the NCRI Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group.

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A developing specialty requires a reference textbook that develops with it, and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is just that. Its fourth edition demonstrates the textbook's responsiveness to changing times and an emerging evidence base, capturing the multidisciplinary aspects of palliative care well with its wide editorship - comprised of key clinicians in the field. European Journal on Palliative Care, Jan 2013 My opinion remains, given the presentation and the depth of coverage to be found in OTPM 4e, that it deserves its position as the gold standard in palliative medicine. IAHPC Ever since the first edition in 1993, [Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine] has been the reference work in the field. There is little doubt that this new edition consolidates its position as the standard work in palliative medicine. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening

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