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A Field Manual for Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises

First and foremost, we’d like to thank all of those who have worked so hard over the years, and continue to work hard, dedicating themselves to the mission of helping people in need, wherever they are, and improving ongoing and future efforts. Without the work of so many, this manual would never have come about, particularly with the information so needed to serve those in crisis.

Thanks also go to Elizabeth Namukwaya and Mhoira Leng, who reviewed several chapters and welcomed many of our authors to Mulago Hospital as friends. Thanks go to the Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders; MSF) team, who sent some of us to the field, supported this book at various stages, and continue to provide life-saving services to those most in need all over the world. Thanks to the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Divisions of Palliative Care and Hospitalist Medicine, who not only trained many of us in the art of palliative care but also lent multiple authors to this project.

Additional thanks go to Tamar Amichai, Nicholas Coatsworth, Carrie Bernard, Elysee Nouvet, Matthew Hunt, and members of the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group, who shared their research and clinical experience, and to Catherine Habashy and Sarah Comolli, who contributed a pharmacological perspective to many chapters, in addition to their own.

And, finally, we owe thanks to our partners (Zach Lerner and Sasha Pick-Waldman), who understood how much we needed to do this, and to our parents, who inspired us to go.

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