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Management of Advanced Disease, Fourth edition By Polly Edmonds

Management of Advanced Disease, Fourth edition
by Polly Edmonds

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An authoritative yet concise guide to the provision of palliative care. This book has now been thoroughly revised and reorganized throughout to reflect the changes in this rapidly moving field.
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Management of Advanced Disease, Fourth edition Summary

Management of Advanced Disease, Fourth edition by Polly Edmonds

The fourth edition of this, the 'first' textbook of palliative care, continues to provide a concise, but authoritative, guide to the provision of palliative care. The text has been thoroughly revised and reorganized throughout to reflect the recent pace of change in this rapidly moving field.

Coverage is comprehensive, ranging from symptom control through to legal and ethical issues, with emphasis throughout on practical guidelines and advice. The introduction of mini-contents lists and key points, and increased use of tables and explanatory line figures, has improved the user friendly quality of the text, and the reader will be able to 'dip-in' to the book whenever it is needed and access information quickly.

Palliative care has now become firmly established beyond malignant conditions, and this is reflected fully in this new edition which includes issues specific to AIDS, neurodegenerative disorders, progressive lung conditions, end-stage renal disease and cardiac failure. Other improvements include alphabetical re-organization of the symptom control section, increased coverage of communication and psychosocial issues and spiritual care, and a widened discussion of ethical concerns.

Retaining its St Christopher's roots through the experienced editorial team, the multiprofessional nature of palliative care is reflected in the choice of contributors from a wide range of disciplines.

Palliative physicians, oncologists, general practitioners, nurses and other health professionals caring for patients with advanced, progressive diseases will continue to find this an invaluable handbook to be referred to often in the clinical setting.

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Management of Advanced Disease, Fourth edition Reviews

This is the fourth edition of a landmark text first published in 1978, edited by dame Cicely Saunders. Comparing it to the slim 250 - page second edition that I purchased in 1984 is a testament to the legacy that Dame Cicely has left us.

This is a comprehensive book that includes a vast amount of information, including non-malignant disease as well as cancer. It deserves a place on the library shelf in any palliative care unit.

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

About Polly Edmonds

Nigel Sykes is Head of Medicine and Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher's Hospice, London, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, King's College, University of London, UK Polly Edmonds is Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Honorary Senior Lecturer, King's College Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK John Wiles is Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Kent, and Medical Director, Harris HospisCare, Orpington, UK

Table of Contents

Audit, outcomes and quality of life in palliative care
A-Z of symptoms
Symptom assessment
Anorexia and cachexia
Confusion and psychosis
Constipation and diarrhoea
Depression, sadness, hopelessness and suicide
Drowsiness and fatigue
Nausea & vomiting
Oral symptoms
Management of pain
Management of urinary symptoms
Clinical Challenges in Malignant Disease
Fractures and impending fractures
Superior vena cava obstruction and spinal cord compression
Hypercalcaemia and hyponatraemia
Malignant ascites
Pleural effusions
Malignant wounds
Clinical challenges in non-malignant disease
Neurodegenerative conditions including dementia and stroke
Cardiac, renal and liver failure
Respiratory disease
Psychosocial, spiritual and ethical issues
Psychosocial dimensions of care
Cultural issues in palliatve care
Emotional impact of palliative care on staff
Equal access in palliative care
Spiritual concerns
Ethical issues
Organisation issues for palliative care professionals
Multi-professional team work
The primary health care team
The home care team
The hospital palliative care team
Specialist palliative day care
Travel abroad
Accessing information: the role of the internet
Appendix: Drug data
Appendix: Syringe driver drug compatability guide

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Management of Advanced Disease, Fourth edition by Polly Edmonds
Polly Edmonds
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