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Book review
Textbook of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Second Edition
  1. Phil Wiffen,
  2. 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}

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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 hospital …

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