Mandela’s Illness Puts Palliative Care In The Spotlight

Written by on August 8, 2013, for ABC News

Ailing human rights icon Nelson Mandela’s ill health and repeated hospital stays have put the spotlight on palliative care, a growing branch of medicine that provides
“Mandela is clearly an important public figure and his high-profile case helps raise awareness of palliative care,” said Dr. Sean Morrison, director of palliative care at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.seriously ill patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and the stress of sickness.

Palliative care specialists, including doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care providers, work together to improve quality of life for patients and their families, Morrison said. Most palliative care physicians are internists or practice family medicine with an additional subspecialty and board certification in palliative medicine. –>Read More

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