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Palliative care in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Edited by David Oliver, Gian Domenico Borasio, Declan Walsh. Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006, £29.95 (softcover), pp 335. ISBN 978 0 19 857048 6

Palliative care has been defined as “the active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment” (World Health Organisation, 1990). Using this definition, all treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or motor neuron disease is palliative. Some palliative care physicians will take on …