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Book and Media Reviews
November 21, 2007

A Practical Guide to Palliative Care

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(19):2313-2318. doi:10.1001/jama.298.19.2314

Because of the recent improvements in diagnostic techniques, vaccines, antibiotics, and surgical procedures, “dying now takes much longer—an average of 30 months after a terminal diagnosis is established.” In A Practical Guide to Palliative Care, Jerry Old and Daniel Swagerty report that “the average patient will spend 75% of the entire healthcare dollars they have spent during their entire lifetime during those last 30 months.” This book is targeted toward clinicians who care for patients near the end of life.

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