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Palliative medicine is one of the greatest gifts we have to offer folks at the end of their life or during the chronic phases of illness. Patrick J. Macmillan, M.D., conveys that message loud and clear in this book featuring sixteen poignant stories of patients who found themselves at the end of life. Chaplains, nurses, social workers, and others play an important role in Palliative medicine is one of the greatest gifts we have to offer folks at the end of their life or during the chronic phases of illness. Patrick J. Macmillan, M.D., conveys that message loud and clear in this book featuring sixteen poignant stories of patients who found themselves at the end of life. Chaplains, nurses, social workers, and others play an important role in each tale. You’ll meet Grace, who wanted to keep fighting even though she had pancreatic cancer. Her family wanted her to keep battling as much as she did, but eventually she had to tell them that she didn’t want any more interventions. While doctors were unable to save her life in the conventional sense, they helped her spend her final days at home with loved ones. She is just one of many brave souls who have fought the good fight but eventually realized that surrendering to death offered their best hope at living with dignity. Whether you’re a practicing physician, medical student, or member of the public seeking to understand options for end-of-life care, you’ll be inspired by these stories.


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Palliative medicine is one of the greatest gifts we have to offer folks at the end of their life or during the chronic phases of illness. Patrick J. Macmillan, M.D., conveys that message loud and clear in this book featuring sixteen poignant stories of patients who found themselves at the end of life. Chaplains, nurses, social workers, and others play an important role in Palliative medicine is one of the greatest gifts we have to offer folks at the end of their life or during the chronic phases of illness. Patrick J. Macmillan, M.D., conveys that message loud and clear in this book featuring sixteen poignant stories of patients who found themselves at the end of life. Chaplains, nurses, social workers, and others play an important role in each tale. You’ll meet Grace, who wanted to keep fighting even though she had pancreatic cancer. Her family wanted her to keep battling as much as she did, but eventually she had to tell them that she didn’t want any more interventions. While doctors were unable to save her life in the conventional sense, they helped her spend her final days at home with loved ones. She is just one of many brave souls who have fought the good fight but eventually realized that surrendering to death offered their best hope at living with dignity. Whether you’re a practicing physician, medical student, or member of the public seeking to understand options for end-of-life care, you’ll be inspired by these stories.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Turner

    Dr. Patrick Macmillan, the author of Palliative Care, shares stories of sixteen of his terminally ill patients. This book will bring you to tears as these courageous people and their families journey to the end. These patients lived their last days according to their wishes and with quality of life. This book is a rare find in hospice case studies and palliative care. This subject will touch us all, sooner or later, I recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Cooper

    A very interesting book, which is both emotional and uplifting. Patrick Macmillan (the author) has compiled case studies of some of his terminally ill patients who have enrolled in his home hospice programme. This allows them to live at home with a tailored palliative care package, discussed and agreed in advance with both the patient and their loved ones. It is designed to be specifically suited to their needs, wishes and requirements and, above all, is designed to give them hope – not hope for A very interesting book, which is both emotional and uplifting. Patrick Macmillan (the author) has compiled case studies of some of his terminally ill patients who have enrolled in his home hospice programme. This allows them to live at home with a tailored palliative care package, discussed and agreed in advance with both the patient and their loved ones. It is designed to be specifically suited to their needs, wishes and requirements and, above all, is designed to give them hope – not hope for a cure but the hope that you will be able to live out their dying days with quality of life and the hope that they will be able to die with dignity. Some of the people are named, others are given pseudonyms but all are real and their stories are poignant, moving and inspiring. The author comes across as being a wonderful, sensitive doctor who has made it his life’s work to alleviate both the mental and the physical sufferings of the people in his care. I really recommend reading this book. The only thing I really wanted from it was a little bit more. It really is a very short book. Just one word of warning - it’s probably best not to read it on public transport. Uncontrollable tears, whether of joy, pity or sadness can be slightly embarrassing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In “Palliative Care: A Different Kind of Hope” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways Dr. Patrick J. MacMillan offers hope to those with chronic or end of life illnesses with palliative care medicine that centers on advance planning, and ongoing care and support. Through his experiences and thoughts so indicative in sixteen moving stories of terminal patients is a central theme of hope, compassion and guidance. Well-written and made more personal with the photographs that fill the pages, the bo In “Palliative Care: A Different Kind of Hope” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways Dr. Patrick J. MacMillan offers hope to those with chronic or end of life illnesses with palliative care medicine that centers on advance planning, and ongoing care and support. Through his experiences and thoughts so indicative in sixteen moving stories of terminal patients is a central theme of hope, compassion and guidance. Well-written and made more personal with the photographs that fill the pages, the book brings to life the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual care offered cancer patients like Grace, a fighter who wanted no more interventions and spunky, hopeful Melinda who suffered from the effects of chemotherapy that left her aged, weak and less spirited. “Palliative Care: A Different Kind of Hope” brought tears to my eyes not only for the courage of the patients and their families facing the inevitable, but for medical staff, chaplains and social workers who give them a different kind of hope in their support. This is a praiseworthy book that’s well-worth reading.

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