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Books, Journals, New Media
October 5, 2005

Palliative Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(13):1698-1699. doi:10.1001/jama.294.13.1698

The field of palliative medicine has been growing worldwide for more than 30 years and is a recognized specialty in Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Australia. In the United States, more than 1900 doctors have become certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; formal recognition as a subspecialty is likely in the next 5 years. Reflecting the field’s maturation, the number of fellowships is growing exponentially, and the National Institutes of Health recently held a “State of the Science” in palliative medicine. The specialty also has a comprehensive medical textbook, the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, which has just been updated and revised. With two new editors, 108 new authors, and 29 new chapters, the revisions are extensive, reflecting the field’s growth and evolution.