Salve for the Body and Mind [Preview]
Palliative care is traditionally aimed at the terminally ill. But it should also treat sufferers of chronic disease, says Ann M. Berger of the National Institutes of Health
ANN M. BERGER: AIDING AND ABATING Senior editor of Principles and Practice of Palliative Care and Supportive
Oncology, published this year. Plans to drop any reference to cancer in the title of future editions to reflect palliative care's broadened definition.
Holds M.D. from the Medical College of Ohio and M.S.N. degree from
the University of Pennsylvania; fellowships at the Yale University School
Founder of dozens of palliative care programs.
Pet peeve: "Doctors who don't see that palliative care goes along with curative care."
Image: TOM WOLFF
Massive textbooks, assorted journals, stuffed binders, miscellaneous folders and neatly framed family photos vie for shelf space in Ann M. Berger's office at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. They would be fairly typical accoutrements of a physician's office--
except for the 20 or so oversize, flouncy straw hats and the tea cart loaded with cups and saucers.
This article was originally published with the title Salve for the Body and Mind.