Critique and reconstruction: some suggestions for a better way
This chapter aims to summarize the positive suggestions discussed in the previous chapters. It also aims to develop some suggestions, to illustrate how palliative care can enhance and improve other specialties, and to suggest a short philosophy statement that can counter the weaknesses of the WHO statement. The chapter begins with a discussion on palliative care as a specialty. Other topics and issues discussed herein include: the Asklepian model of holistic care, Asklepian acceptance and spirituality, hope and truth-telling, patient–professional relationship, and professional development.
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