Introduction and Education

  • Angèle Ryan
  • Jack M. Berger


Palliative Medicine has become a familiar term in recent years and is becoming established as a key component in modern health care, and many institutions promote Palliative Care teams. Although this is a term relatively new to many practitioners, palliative care was coined several decades ago by Dr. Balfour Mount, a Canadian physician. After training in Dame Cicely Saunders' St. Christopher's Hospice in London, he was so impressed that he was inspired to bring this type of care to mainstream curative medicine. As a result, he founded the Royal Victoria Hospital Palliative Care Service in 1974 and is credited with establishing the first in-patient palliative care unit in North America. Having emerged from the nurse driven hospice movement, the care of the dying has evolved to a formal hospice benefit and development of a recognized subspecialty.


Palliative Care Palliative Medicine Palliative Care Team Physician Assisted Suicide Comfort Care 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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