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Augusto Caraceni—Roots 

Augusto Caraceni—Roots
Augusto Caraceni—Roots

Philip J Larkin

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date: 22 January 2021

From the perspective of a neurologist and palliative care expert, Augusto Caraceni offers a clear understanding of the interface between palliative care and oncology, and how dialogue is the key to an established relationship. In this chapter, he argues that the strength of palliative care lies in its roots, and that the expression of compassion, as demonstrated through the writing and clinical practice of Cicely Saunders, is the starting point for that shared dialogue. The complexity of family dynamics is presented in a case where the ability to give professional care may be undermined by a family member’s fear of losing control of an uncontrollable situation-the death of a son.

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