Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine

Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine
5th Ed.
2015 © Oxford University Press
David C. Currow; Marie Fallon; Nathan I Cherny; Russell K. Portenoy; Stein Kaasa
ISBN-10: 0-19-965609-6 / ISBN-13: 978-0-19-965609-7
Geriatric Medicine, Evidence Based Medicine, Oncology


The definitive Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, now in its fifth edition, has again been thoroughly updated to offer a truly global perspective in this field of extraordinary talent and thoughtfulness.

Updated to include new sections devoted to assessment tools, care of patients with cancer, and the management of issues in the very young and the very old, this leading textbook covers all the new and emerging topics since its original publication in 1993. In addition, the multi-disciplinary nature of palliative care is emphasized throughout the book, covering areas from ethical and communication issues, the treatment of symptoms and the management of pain.


  • • Five international editors guarantee a truly global perspective
  • • Over 200 contributors and 100 chapters deal with all aspects of this rapidly developing specialty

New to this edition

  • • Completely updated with the latest evidence base for clinical practice and patient management

This fifth edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is dedicated to the memory of Professor Geoffrey Hanks, pioneer in the field of palliative medicine, and co-editor of the previous four editions. A truly comprehensive text, no hospital, hospice, palliative care service, or medical library should be without this essential source of information.

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Specialty Score: 2.47 Nursing - Hospice
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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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