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International Journal of Nursing Studies 36 (1999) 507508


Book reviews
Reections on Palliative Care; Clark D, Seymour J,
Open University Press, 1999
This book is part of a series that looks at the development of death, dying, bereavement and end-of-life
issues in late modern society. It draws on the issues
from the perspectives of sociology and health & social
policy and consists of three parts:
1. Death in societylate modernity, social death, ageing and end-of-life issues which includes a brief
examination of euthanasia. The rst part provides a
good overview of the sociological themes within palliative care and many of these issues would be relevant to all nurses (especially those working in
palliative care/social research).
2. Philosophy of palliative carehistorical development, the meaning of key themes and concepts and
medicalisation/routinisation thesis. This part discusses many of the societal issues in the practice of
palliative care providing an interesting debate within
the medicalisation/routinisation thesis.
3. Policy developments/issuesthe future from both an
individual and societal perspective.
Throughout the book there are many references to

what the issues/themes mean to the individual and to

society. Providing a lively introduction to key themes
in palliative care, of which all nurses should be aware.
Each part begins with a useful introduction to the
themes in the chapters and each chapter is well referenced providing a good overall standard, which is very
engaging. The book is useful as a source of reference
but also an enjoyable read.
The majority of the book examines the UK palliative care service. However, the book also provides
some reference to the North American palliative care
service, which makes for interesting reading.
The authors obviously have a good understanding
of the themes they are discussing and there will be
some lively debates for nursing students especially
when considering the future of palliative care from a
wider context at the individual and societal level.
Danielle Goodwin RGN 7
Research Assistant
King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry & St
Christopher's Hospice, Department of Palliative Care &
Policy, New Medical School, Bessemer School,
Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9PJ, UK

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Leadership and Nursing; June Girvin, Macmillan

Press Ltd.

This work was put together by the author during

what she describes as a challenging period in her
career. This led her to review the literature surrounding leadership and the role that leadership plays in organisations. She describes good leadership in her
preface as a `beacon in a murky world', while at the
same time expressing experiences that demonstrated

tolerance of ineective leadership which seemed endless, particularly where it was carried on outside her
own profession.
From these beginnings she has gone on to pull
together a book which is written to help nurses to
understand nursing leadership, and the factors that
have inuenced its development over the years, as a
means of focussing on the recognition of what is good
and not so good role models, and the development of
individual skills to meet the leadership challenge.
The review of the literature begins in 15th century
Florence, at the time of Machiavelli and elaborates on