Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine

Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine
6th Ed.
2021 © Oxford University Press
David C. Currow; Marie T. Fallon; Nathan I Cherny; Russell K. Portenoy; Stein Kaasa
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-882132-8
Geriatric Medicine, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Evidence Based Medicine, Oncology


This sixth edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine takes us now into the third decade for this definitive award-winning textbook. It has been rigorously updated to offer a truly global perspective, highlighting the best current evidence-based practices, and collective wisdom from more than 200 experts around the world.

This leading textbook covers all the new and emerging topics, updated, and restructured to reflect major developments in the increasingly widespread acceptance of palliative medicine as a fundamental public health need. The sixth edition includes new sections devoted to family and caregiver issues, cardio-respiratory symptoms and disorders, and genitourinary symptoms and disorders. In addition, the multi-disciplinary nature of palliative care is emphasized throughout the textbook, covering areas from ethical and communication issues, the treatment of symptoms, and the management of pain.

The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is a truly comprehensive text. No hospital, hospice, palliative care service, or medical library should be without this essential source of information.

This sixth edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is dedicated to the memory of Professor Kenneth Fearon husband of Professor Marie Fallon and a surgeon who became a world leader in the research and management of anorexia and cachexia. He modeled a work-life balance that is so critical in our field, with devotion to both his patients and his family.

Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"The book covers international, worldwide views on the various topics common to palliative care, including challenges of providing care, research, ethics, and management of symptoms. It includes diagrams, tables, and a few illustrations when needed to explain the content. The book as a whole is outstanding."

-- Marlene Foreman, BSN, MN (Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.) Doody's Review - previous edition

"Undoubtedly, this is a premier textbook and an invaluable resource. I agree with the editors' statement that this is "the definitive text on a fast-developing subject." It is essential for anyone involved in the practice of palliative medicine."

-- Victoria Kut, MD, (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) Doody's Review - previous edition


Although the book is written primarily for those in the medical field -- physicians and nurses -- this edition also covers other disciplines of the interdisciplinary field of palliative care and therefore may be beneficial to a wider audience.

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