Introducing Palliative Care 5th Edition (IPC5)

Fifth Edition

ISBN: 978-0-992-84672-5

Robert Twycross 
Andrew Wilcock 

Introducing Palliative Care

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Introducing Palliative Care is a highly successful and well-established introductory text for palliative care. Over two decades, it has been used by medical students, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals in the UK and beyond.

This fifth edition (IPC5) sees a move from single authorship to a collaborative project between the Editorial team and eight new contributors.

IPC5 covers the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland’s recommended curriculum for medical undergraduates. It is thus a key resource for medical students, which will also serve them well as junior hospital doctors and beyond.

IPC5 has much expanded sections on ethics, the law, children, symptom management and contains The Essential Palliative Care Formulary.

Although medically oriented, there is much of use to undergraduates and graduates of other disciplines. The clinical focus is on advanced cancer but the general principles and most of the details are equally applicable to patients dying from other incurable progressive life-threatening conditions.

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What People Say

We all need one book that we know, thumb often, trust and refer to. This palliative care book fills all these roles for staff at every grade. End of life care is everyone’s business; if used to the full, this book can and will improve patient care in all settings.

Professor Ilora Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

This new collaborative edition is the best of the best. Its clear, concise, balance of theory and application is admirable and is replete with practical wisdom. This is required reading for anyone serious about caring for the dying well, for it is long enough to be useful and short enough to be digestible.

Professor Rob George, President of the Association for Palliative Medicine

The holistic and multimodal approach of this book, which builds on the total pain model of Dame Cicely Saunders, is particularly to be commended.

Professor Irene Higginson, Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London

This book is not just a symptom control handbook, it covers all aspects of holistic care in an easy to read and navigable format. It will become an old friend - get to know it!

Dr Fiona Rawlinson, Programme Director, Palliative Care Education, Cardiff University

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