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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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The Expansive Years of Hospice in the World (1967 – 1985)

The Expansive Years of Hospice in the World (1967 – 1985)

(p.187) 5 The Expansive Years of Hospice in the World (1967 – 1985)
Cicely Saunders

David Clark

Oxford University Press

Cicely Saunders rose steadily though the honours system — from O.B.E., to Dame, to Order of Merit. She mixed with archbishops and aristocrats. Journalists and writers sought her out. This may have given expression to some less-appealing qualities, of vanity and impatience. If she offered complete attentiveness to her patients, she may have been a less-good listener with others. By now she was intimately involved with a third Polish man — an artist whose estranged wife was still alive and living in Poland. Eventually, they created a ‘kibbutz’ with others to enable living together with a veneer of respectability. This chapter explores her complicated life with and eventual marriage to Marian Bohusz-Szyszko. It also takes us into Cicely Saunders’s extensive travels, her influence on the shaping of hospice care as it broadened into the emerging speciality of palliative medicine, and the scientific work that under-pinned it.

Keywords:   Cicely Saunders, the Hospice Movement, St Christopher’s gets going, friends, family, and marriage, clinical themes and issues, the maturing of ideas, a global influence

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