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Terminal care: ‘drug control of common symptoms’1

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This booklet from St. Christopher’s Hospice has been extensively revised. It now includes sections on the advantages of administering some drugs by infusion pump, on the management of pain caused by nerve involvement, and on the use of midazolam by subcutaneous infusion for terminal restlessness and as a reserve anticonvulsant. It will be useful to all who look after patients with advanced cancer or other terminal illness. The booklet is not copyright and can be conveniently copied (the 8 pages are A4 size) or adapted to local needs. All doctors in the Irish Republic and the Netherlands are receiving this booklet.

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