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Homes for the terminally ill: 1885–1948 

Homes for the terminally ill: 1885–1948
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Homes for the terminally ill: 1885–1948
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David Clark

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10.1093/med/9780199674282.003.0002
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date: 28 May 2020

This period saw major growth for hospital institutions. Some of these were especially concerned with the care of the dying. This chapter examines in detail the practices and modes of care to be found in the terminal care homes, their religious and charitable foundations, styles of organization, and place in society. It shows that such homes—which were to be found in London, New York, and several European cities—had limited influence on the wider practice of medicine. They developed a particular philosophy of care, however, which did later inspire some doctors, from the middle of the twentieth century onwards. Indeed, some of the homes survived as institutions and made the transition into the world of modern hospice and palliative care.

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