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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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Epilogue: Making Sense of Cicely Saunders

Epilogue: Making Sense of Cicely Saunders

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(p.311) Epilogue: Making Sense of Cicely Saunders
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Cicely Saunders
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David Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190637934.003.0008

Cicely Saunders married late in life and had no children. Her closest personal relationships were complicated. Her steely look and assured manner masked years of vulnerability, poor self-image, and struggles with her femininity. She was an unlikely pioneer of an improbable movement. Stripping away the hagiography, there is no doubt that Cicely shaped a new field of medicine which was gaining significant ground by the time of her death, and one which made further progress in the decade following it. A whole generation of palliative-care professionals was trained at St Christopher’s, many of whom spread their knowledge and expertise in other places. The hospice ideal transferred and translated around the world — and eventually led to universal support through the encouragement of the World Health Organization. This chapter concludes the book with an assessment of her legacy — and the complex and demanding life that shaped it.

Keywords:   Cicely Saunders, the Hospice Movement, hospice care, palliative care, legacy

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