Thursday, April 14, 2011
I can't get enough of this month's Surgical Clinics of North America (April 2011). Thoughtfully presented, the entire issue creates a three dimensional view of palliative care in surgery.
Dedicated to Jack Zimmerman, MD, FACS, who helped establish one of the first hospices in the US while Chief of Surgery at Church Home and Hospital in the 1970s, Surgical Clinics of North America presents a well-rounded and well-thought through collection of papers on Updates in Palliative Surgery. Geoffrey Dunn's introduction outlines the successes of our field, while also honestly presenting the challenges to its growth - from the limited research funding to the heated political arena, even daring to use the term "death panel." He generously credits our field with as being "a timely lens through which the socioeconomic and spiritual bankruptcy of the current health care system [...]"
Here is the Table of Contents (no article is open access, there are some free editorials):