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Philosophy and Medicine

A History of Palliative Care, 1500-1970

Concepts, Practices, and Ethical challenges

Authors: Stolberg, Michael

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  • The first book to analyze the long history of palliative care, uncovering debates and practices surrounding terminal care, reaching back for centuries
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  • Investigates the development of medical debates, practices and institutions as well as at the personal experience of moribund patients and their families
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  • Links the plurisecular history of palliative care with an analysis of long-term developments in ethical debates and practices 
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About this book

This book on the history of palliative care, 1500-1970 traces the historical roots of modern palliative care in Europe to the rise of the hospice movement in the 1960s. The author discusses largely forgotten premodern concepts like cura palliativa and euthanasia medica and describes, how patients and physicians experienced and dealt with terminal illness. He traces the origins of hospitals for incurable and dying patients and follows the long history of ethical debates on issues like truth-telling and the intentional shortening of the dying patients’ lives and the controversies they sparked between physicians and patients. An eye opener for anyone interested in the history of ethical decision making regarding terminal care of critically ill patients.

About the authors

Born in Munich, in 1957, Michael Stolberg is chair of the history of medicine at the University of Würzburg, Germany. He was trained and worked as a physician in internal medicine and intensive care before turning to the history of medicine and obtaining a second doctoral degree in history and philosophy in 1994. He has published a several books and numerous articles on the history of medicine, the history of the body and the history of medical ethics.

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“This English language translation, deriving from the 2011 German edition, has been enhanced and updated. It is organized into two main parts: ‘The Early Modern Period (1500–1800)’ and ‘Modern Times (1800–1970).’ … As a result of its readable, succinct chapters, this text is recommended. The work includes extensive detailed footnotes and a selective bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.” (E. R. Paterson, Choice, Vol. 55 (3), November, 2017)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook 106,99 €
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Hardcover 135,19 €
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Softcover 135,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of Palliative Care, 1500-1970
Book Subtitle
Concepts, Practices, and Ethical challenges
Authors
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
123
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54178-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54178-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54177-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85340-6
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 219
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