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Palliative care helps seriously ill patients cope

Trinity Regional Medical Center expert explains how this approach works

November 21, 2010
Messenger News

Between 1900 and 2000, life expectancy in the United States rose from 47 to 77 years - equivalent to the gain in longevity between the Stone Age, more than 10,000 years ago, and 1900. A gain of this magnitude in a relatively short time frame has had dramatic effects on the human experience of illness, dying and death. Where illness and death were once routine community experiences, modern medicine and technology have made them seem to be unseemly failures, associated with the belief that they could and should have been prevented.



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