Leonard Patterson: Jagged Edges

David Barnard, Patricia Boston R.N., Anna Towers and Yanna Lambrinidou

in Crossing Over

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780195123432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999835 | DOI:
Leonard Patterson: Jagged Edges

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This chapter discusses the case of 62-year-old Leonard Patterson, who was diagnosed with colon cancer. Marred by his poverty, difficult relationships with his family, and unmanageable pain, Mr. Patterson's was a plethora of unresolved problems, specifically in his final days. Although the hospice exerted painstaking efforts to provide him with a peaceful death and his family with a smooth transition to life without him, Mr. Patterson's case left many of its participants unsettled. It also raised many questions, such as whether the best palliative care can ease shattered lives that are socially, economically, and culturally unique and different.

Keywords: colon cancer; difficult relationships; poverty; unmanageable pain; hospice; transition; shattered lives

Chapter.  13344 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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