By Lee Goldman MD, J. Claude Bennett MD
Univ. of California, San Francisco. This variation comprises 35 new chapters. colour and halftone illustrations also are incorporated. For clinicians, citizens, and scholars. prior version, c1996, brought up basic writer as J. Claude Bennett. Two-volume set, unmarried quantity model additionally to be had. DNLM: medication.
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The patient still needs care when the data come back from the clinical laboratory, the radiology department, the cardiac catheterization laboratory, or the surgical pathology laboratory. Patients continue to need help in understanding their disease, in dealing with family interactions, and in finding a caring ear when they suffer most. They often need assistance in obtaining necessary additional medical help from specialists or consultants and personal help in dealing with processes involving families and personal situations.
It may undermine communication with our patients and their family members and result in increased isolation and despair. It is the time when it is erroneously said that "nothing more can be done," yet it is a time to relieve suffering and develop individually tailored support programs. The physician has an unparalleled opportunity to act as a catalyst to enable comfort, communication, integration, and healing. DEFINITION AND GOALS OF PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life when treatment to cure disease and prolong life is no longer a realistic objective.
A commitment to be responsive to the health needs of society. Professionalism aspires to altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, service, honor, integrity, and respect for others. The interest of the patient lies above self-interest--an indispensable attribute not only of medicine but of all professions. It has to do with our personal behavior transcending our technical abilities, our scientific knowledge, and even our attitudes of compassion and caring. What it means is that we offer to others a special sensitivity--whether they be physician colleagues, students, residents, nonphysician caregivers, patients, or their families.