This essay provides insight into the social and cultural trends that led to the creation of hospice care in the United States. The essay covers the changes in treatment of death by the medical profession, from the discussion of tuberculosis sanatoriums and cancer centers in the early 1900s through the rise of medical authority, and the pivotal role of Yale School of Nursing dean Florence Wald in the 1980 opening of Connecticut Hospice, the first modern American hospice facility.
Pajka, Sarah E., "Doctors, Death, and Denial: The Origins of Hospice Care in 20th Century America" (2017). Kaplan Senior Essay Prize for Use of Library Special Collections. 18.
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