A History of Palliative Care, 1500-1970

Concepts, Practices, and Ethical challenges

  • Michael Stolberg

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 123)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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    Pages 1-11
  3. The Early Modern Period (1500–1800)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
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      Pages 15-49
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      Pages 51-68
  4. Modern Times (1800–1970)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-88
    2. Michael Stolberg
      Pages 89-97
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      Pages 99-111
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      Pages 117-121
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      Pages 123-146
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      Pages 147-172
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      Pages 173-184
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Michael Stolberg
      Pages 187-202
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-219

About this book


This book on the history of palliative care, 1500-1970 traces the historical roots of modern palliative care in Europe to the rise of the hospice movement in the 1960s. The author discusses largely forgotten premodern concepts like cura palliativa and euthanasia medica and describes, how patients and physicians experienced and dealt with terminal illness. He traces the origins of hospitals for incurable and dying patients and follows the long history of ethical debates on issues like truth-telling and the intentional shortening of the dying patients’ lives and the controversies they sparked between physicians and patients. An eye opener for anyone interested in the history of ethical decision making regarding terminal care of critically ill patients.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Stolberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Geschichte der MedizinUniversität WürzburgWürzburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54177-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54178-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0080
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