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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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Leonard Patterson: Jagged Edges

Leonard Patterson: Jagged Edges

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(p.151) 9 Leonard Patterson: Jagged Edges
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Crossing Over
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David Barnard (Contributor Webpage)

Patricia Boston R.N.

Anna Towers

Yanna Lambrinidou

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.003.0009

This chapter discusses the case of 62-year-old Leonard Patterson, who was diagnosed with colon cancer. Marred by his poverty, difficult relationships with his family, and unmanageable pain, Mr. Patterson's was a plethora of unresolved problems, specifically in his final days. Although the hospice exerted painstaking efforts to provide him with a peaceful death and his family with a smooth transition to life without him, Mr. Patterson's case left many of its participants unsettled. It also raised many questions, such as whether the best palliative care can ease shattered lives that are socially, economically, and culturally unique and different.

Keywords:   colon cancer, difficult relationships, poverty, unmanageable pain, hospice, transition, shattered lives

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