By David Clark
In 1967 Dame Cicely Saunders opened St. Christopher's Hospice in London to advertise scientific innovation, schooling and examine within the care of death humans. That humanitarian motion introduced what grew to become the world-wide flow of palliative care. Cicely Saunders had conceived of a entire approah to facing the actual, social and mental affliction of demise people.This booklet presents an perception into how Dame Cicely's principles built, the place they took root and the notable results they'd in this case, everywhere in the international. formerly unpublished letters inform the intense tale of the overseas unfold of a contemporary hospice and palliative care flow.
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It was interesting that a lot of what she said answered questions raised by Bruce Reed. She gave me the impression of somebody who was deeply spiritual and had a most unusual grasp of a great width of spiritual experience. She was encouraging on all counts and not destructive at all. I felt that she really knew this subject, indeed that in some ways it was one of her subjects, and that she also understood and sympathised with my own personal problems and was helpful here as well. REALIZING A VISION (1959–1967) I hope that you will see this as a leading, as I do, both to go ahead on the medical and secular side and to continue to pray in confidence about the spiritual side.
When I was reading through, I was struck by some of the remarks which fit in with things which I have discovered at St Joseph’s over this past year. I have just done a summary of the work on about the first 340 patients, and I am enclosing for you copies of some of the tables which we have made and some comments on symptoms, and the kind of things which we find the most difficult to control. Most of it is self-explanatory. I am interested to see what you said about senile-confused, because we find that we get a great many who are confused 12 Jenny Powley.
And I would add one comment to your remarks about the need for nursing as good as that needed by acute patients. I think one should add that it is very repetitive nursing, that you need skilled and experienced supervision, and that you do need good numbers in the wards, but I think I would add that a lot of the work can be done by assistant or untrained nurses, incidentally I find that they are often much better than nurses in training, but I don’t think we need to say that. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy working at St Joseph’s, and, of course, my own plans for a Home are very much based on the set-up there.
Cicely Saunders - Founder of the Hospice Movement: Selected Letters 1959-1999 by David Clark