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Textbook of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Second Edition
  1. Phil Wiffen
  1. Pain Research Unit, Churchill Hospital, Old Rd, Oxford, OX3 7LE, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Phil Wiffen, Pain Research Unit, Churchill Hospital, Old Rd, Oxford OX3 7LE, UK; phil.wiffen{at}ndcn.ox.ac.uk

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This is a large textbook weighing several kilograms. It is divided into 18 parts with a number of subchapters in each part. There are over 200 contributors many of whom are leaders in the palliative care world.

Part 1 covers the development of this specialty including a geographical focus by continent with a chapter of possible developments. Then next six parts cover bioethics, research, organisation and assessment. Giving an overview in a few hundred words is a challenge, so I have picked some issues that are relevant to …

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