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.
Cintron A, Arnold RM. Palliative Medicine. JAMA. 2005;294(13):1698–1699. doi:10.1001/jama.294.13.1698
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