Hospice Care in North America

  • William M. LamersJr.


Hospice, a concept of providing special care and attention to the needs of the dying, originated in the middle ages through the work of religious orders, most notably the Knights Hospitalers of St. John of Jerusalem. (1) Members of this order provided the dying with both physical and spiritual care. This humanistic practice, which had begun sometime late in the 11th century, did not continue as a central theme in the evolving science of medicine. (2)


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  • William M. LamersJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.MalibuUSA

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