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Promoting Hospice & Palliative Care Worldwide


2005; Volume 6, No 8, August



Many ways to help support palliative care.

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Message from the Chair & Executive Director:
Kathleen M. Foley, MD
Liliana De Lima, MHA

Tributes: To Dame Cicely Saunders

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Roger Woodruff, MD

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Dr. William Farr

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Editor’s Notes

William Farr, PhD, MD (USA)

Wilbur E. Flannery, MD died

Wilbur E. Flannery, MD was a great supporter of our organization starting from its inception when it was the International Hospice Institute (IHI). Dr. Flannery was elected as the second president of the Academy of Hospice Physicians in 1990. The Academy was then part of the IHI and later went on to become an independent organization called the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He died at the age of 96 at home in New Castle, Pennsylvania on March 13, 2004. He was a good friend and a great supporter of our organizations. I am sorry that I am just now hearing of this sad news.

To read more about Dr. Flannery's long and very exceptional career, go to the The Ceveland Clinic Foundation's Alumi Connection Newsletter  2004; 24 (2), page 24 at the URL below:


Clearing House Program

Those of us at IAHPC wish to thank the many individuals, companies and organizations from around the world who have donated books and journals for distribution to those in great need of these materials. Please continue to help your fellow hospice/palliative care workers by donating to our Clearing House Program.

Details are available in our website at:

Displayed below are some of the notes we have received from recipients of the donations to the Clearing House Program.

Dear Liliana,

I apologize for not communicating with you sooner due to my overwhelmed administrative responsibilities in the hospital and a hectic schedule with my patients. However, I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for your kindness and consideration.

Four weeks ago I received the courtesy copy of the Second Edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine as part of your Clearing House Program, which I consider the most comprehensive edition of studies in palliative medicine and palliative care and a valuable learning tool. I can not thank you enough for facilitating this extraordinary edition to us, which, as you are aware, it is not available in my country.

My medical assistants and nurse practitioner are very impressed with it and wanted me to extend their gratitude to you as well. Because of your kindness, they are also benefiting by improving their professional growth in the field of palliative medicine which will be reflected in the quality of services to our patients.

If I can contribute in any way to the association or to the developing of hospices in Latin America, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully yours,
Fernando A. Calderon-Higginson, M.D.
Head, Service of Clinical Oncology
Department of Medicine
Naval Medical Centre
Lima – PERU


Dear Liliana

I would like to say a very BIG THANK YOU to you for all the wonderful books and material that I have received from you, it is much appreciated!!!! Thank you again for your support and assistance in ensuring that Palliative Care and Hospice Care continue to develop and in our country.

Kind regards,
Carin Marcus
Social worker
Hospice Wits South Africa


Dear Liliana,

I would like to thank you personally and on behalf of “Contigo” for sending the Second Edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, which is being consulted daily and has come a tremendous help in our work, allowing us to have a deeper and broader knowledge of palliative and hospice care.


Dr. María Pruvost
Contigo Palliative Care Program
Cordoba, Argentina


Thank you very much for sending us the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. I saw a copy of this book at the St. Christopher's Hospice in London and I had wanted to buy a copy, but it was beyond my means.  I praise God that you have chosen us as one of your recipients and I hope that when you clear house again that you will again consider our hospice here in the Philippines.  Again, thank youv very much and may the Lord greatly bless your work!

Yours truly,
Dr. Annabelle de Guzman, FPAFP,MHA


Dear Liliana,

We are very grateful to the IAHPC, because last week we received the Second Edition of Oxford Textbook .This will be very useful to us.Last year your service increase the number of beds(110 now),and all of books that you send help our work so much.

Thank you again!!
Dr Maria Marta Vallejos
Pades-Hospital Privado de Comunidad
Mar del Plata-Argentina


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Dear Liliana De Lima, MHA

We are extremely grateful for the last gift you sent to us. The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care is definitely a treasure. We had seen it last year in London, when visiting the Dep. of Palliative Care and Policy of King's College, and felt how valuable it would be to us. Be assured that the copy you sent will be at the library we are organising to serve the comunity and people interested in Palliative and Bereavement Care.

Yours sincerely,
Joao Paulo C Solano, MD
Federal University of Sao Paulo


Dear Liliana de Lima,

On the behalf of the ECEPT Board and myself I would like to thank you very much for providing our organisation with this very important resource.

Sincerely yours,
Professor Jacek Luczak


William Farr, PhD, MD
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