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Review of ‘Palliative care in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis from diagnosis to bereavement’ by David Oliver, Gian Domenico Borasio, Wendy Johnson
  1. Claire N MacDermott1,
  2. Sophie Maden2,
  3. Hannah J McLoughlin3 and
  4. Rebecca D Theobald4
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS, Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2Department of Palliative Medicine, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS, Foundation Trust, Sheffield, Switzerland
  3. 3Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield, UK
  4. 4Department of Palliative Medicine, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS, Foundation Trust, Chesterfield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claire N MacDermott, claire.macdermott{at}

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The steady increase in referrals to palliative medicine for patients with a wide range of neurological conditions has been evident to us as a group of palliative medicine trainees. It is therefore timely that the new edition of Palliative care in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) has been published.

Palliative care in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis contains contributions from a wide range of medical and allied health professionals with experience and expertise in the field. It is well-structured and comprehensive taking the reader on a journey from diagnosis, with the challenges of communicating this, through to end of life and subsequent bereavement issues. It is packed full of practical advice along the way.

The initial chapter gives a clear answer to the question ‘what is ALS (MND)?’ It includes diagnostics, genetics, hypotheses about the pathogenesis and outlines the typical clinical course; helpful for those who do not specialise in neurology. There is an excellent explanation of the importance of communicating the diagnosis and practical tips …

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