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Cicely SaundersA Life and Legacy$
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David Clark

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190637934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190637934.001.0001

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Social Science, Nursing, Social Work (1938 – 1951)

Social Science, Nursing, Social Work (1938 – 1951)

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(p.29) 2 Social Science, Nursing, Social Work (1938 – 1951)
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Cicely Saunders
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David Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190637934.003.0003

Following teenage schooling at Roedean, the late 1930s saw Cicely Saunders begin studies in politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford just before the outbreak of the Second World War. The chapter proceeds through her eventual decision to abandon her degree and train as a nurse in London and describes her wartime work, her deepening religious life, and the eventual switch (following a back injury) from nursing to social work — as a hospital almoner. It explores the family reactions to these decisions and experiences. Key to the chapter is a critical exploration of the foundational story about her encounter in 1948 with the dying Jewish émigré David Tasma whilst working at the London Hospital. This precipitated a growing curiosity about the care of the dying — and the crucial decision in her early thirties to read Medicine.

Keywords:   Cicely Saunders, first Oxford interlude, nurse training in wartime, second Oxford interlude, the evangelical almoner, David Tasma, aftermath

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