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Crossing OverNarratives of Palliative Care$
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David Barnard, Anna M. Towers, Patricia Boston, and Yanna Lambrinidou

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.001.0001

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Miriam Lambert: Total Pain and the Despair of an Unlived Life

Miriam Lambert: Total Pain and the Despair of an Unlived Life

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(p.177) 10 Miriam Lambert: Total Pain and the Despair of an Unlived Life
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Crossing Over
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David Barnard (Contributor Webpage)

Patricia Boston R.N.

Anna Towers

Yanna Lambrinidou

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.003.0010

This chapter discusses the difficult case of Miriam Lambert, which is as interesting as it is rare in the field of palliative care. Despite the best efforts of the palliative care team to ease and manage pain, the pain she felt remained uncontrollable and unmanageable. Ms Lambert's difficult life and emotional issues compounded her situation. In the hopes to alleviate her unmanageable pain, the palliative care team devised a pain control management using a full spectrum of medications including anesthetic blocks. Supportive nonmedical and psychological interventions such as art therapy, music therapy, and massage were tried; however, the pain persisted.

Keywords:   ease pain, manage pain, pain, difficult life, emotional issues, unmanageable pain, pain control management, medications, anesthetic blocks, supportive nonmedical interventions

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