Bookshop: Material by and about Dame Cicely Saunders

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Items by Dame Cicely Saunders

Saunders C, Clark D

Cicely Saunders.  Founder of the hospice movement.  Selected letters 1959-1999

Oxford University Press, 2005

“In this collection of letters covering the period 1959-1999 and selected from approximately 7,000 letters that were in Cicely Saunders’ archives, we learn first-hand about the development of the modern hospice movement.  We do not have copies of the correspondence to Cicely Saunders which makes this book ”cool” in Marshal McLuhan’s sense, ”High in participation and completion by the audience.  The book reads like a detective story.” This excerpt is from a book review by Tom A Hutchinson, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, McGill University, Montreal, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2003 v26(4) p968.

Du Boulay S, Rankin M

Cicely Saunders.  Updated edition

SPCK, 2008

This is the current definitive biography of Cicely Saunders, founder of St Christopher’s Hospice and the modern hospice movement.  It was first published in 1984 and provides a comprehensive account of her life.  In this edition, the extra chapters by Marianne Rankin cover her life from 1984 until her death in 2005.

Saunders C, Clark D

Cicely Saunders. Selected writings 1958-2004

Oxford University Press, 2006.

This book includes a selection of the most important writings of Dame Cicely Saunders  over a period of more than  forty years.  Full articles, chapters, editorials, reviews, and commentaries include important clinical themes relating to the care of dying people such as pain and symptom management, issues of communication and truth telling, and the needs of particular patient groups, such as those with cancer and other diseases. The book includes pieces that reflect on the wider development of the palliative care field and on policy and organisational issues. Some of the papers take up the theme of spiritual care at the end of life, as well as the question of euthanasia, raising in turn issues of a wider theological and philosophical nature.  The articles are written for a multi-disciplinary audience and will be of interest to many professionals now working in palliative care.

Prices can change and postage is added to each item.  All purchases support the work of the hospice.

In addition some of her articles are also for sale. A list of her publications in the Halley Stewart Library can be obtained. Apply to the library on, if you would like further information about Dame Cicely Saunders, eg quotations, obituaries bibliography of her works.

There is a wide variety of material in the library by and about her life and work.

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