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Julia Downing—Seeds sown 

Julia Downing—Seeds sown
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Julia Downing—Seeds sown
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Philip J Larkin

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10.1093/med/9780198703310.003.0009
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date: 02 April 2020

Julia Downing’s experience in palliative care spans the UK, Europe, and, most significantly, Africa. As one of three contributors to this book from that continent and as a nurse, she provides a reflective presentation of the skills and attributes that nursing brings to the topic of compassionate care. From her examples of work in Africa and Serbia, the contribution of the skilled expert in palliative care nursing is presented. The importance of her Christian faith is evident in her descriptions of reaching out to the challenge of palliative and end-of-life care in low-resource countries. Julia Downing argues that compassion is not just for others but also for ourselves, and that we are intimately connected to each other by virtue of being members of the human race.

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