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Harold Y. Vanderpool is Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy of Medicine in The Institute for the Medical Humanities at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, USA. His career includes teaching courses on medical ethics, death and dying, and suffering; articles and book chapters on terminal care, and national and international lectures. He lives in Cedar Park, Texas, USA.


"This wise and revealing study is sure to be valuable to the dying and those who love them, as well as to the physicians and other health professionals who care for them."--Library Journal; "Vanderpool has written a history of palliative care that focuses on key issues that have dominated the health care dynamics of caring for the dying for centuries. The book makes a valuable contribution from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Recommended"--Choice; "this is a useful book for those doing research in medical history or palliative care, and academic libraries supporting these areas should consider it for purchase"--Booklist; "a scholarly, detailed historical account...meticulously researched...a must read to gain full understanding of where we have been, where we are, and what we can do next to improve the care of the dying"--Explore; "this is a scholarly treatise about the history of palliative care over the last 400 years. It is enjoyable to read"--Hospice Care; "excellent...a treasure trove...a most helpful volume"--Watermark.

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