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Palliative Care and Neurological Illness: An Approach to Long-term Neurological Conditions and Catastrophic Illness

Mark Stillman and Patricia Scripko

in Clinical Neurology of Aging

Third edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369298
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199323012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195369298.003.0055
Palliative Care and Neurological Illness: An Approach to Long-term Neurological Conditions and Catastrophic Illness

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Chapter 55 addresses the therapeutic and ethical challenges to anticipating long-term human needs associated with the longevity, advancing age, and chronic illness that have come to replace infectious diseases as the major cause of mortality with the understanding that we cannot affect a cure (e.g. neurological conditions, such as mitochondrial disorders, Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders, the dementing illnesses, neurological malignancies, and progressive neuromuscular diseases). At best, clinicians can provide comfort for the patient and his caregiver as death approaches. It also provides an overview of the therapeutic approach to long-term neurological conditions (LTNCs) and will use amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as the signature disease to demonstrate the spectrum of care.

Chapter.  12148 words. 

Subjects: Neurology

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