Cicely Saunders

Dame Cicely Saunders
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Born(1918-06-22)22 June 1918
Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Died14 July 2005(2005-07-14) (aged 87)
South London, England, UK
Alma materKing's College, London
St Anne's College, Oxford
Known forHospice care movement
Spouse(s)Marian Bohusz-Szyszko (m. 1980–1995) (his death)

Dame Cicely Mary Saunders OM DBE FRCS FRCP FRCN (22 June 1918 – 14 July 2005) was an English Anglican nurse, social worker, physician and writer, involved with many international universities. She is best known for her role in the birth of the hospice movement, emphasising the importance of palliative care in modern medicine.

College years

Saunders began studying politics, philosophy, and economics at St Anne's College, Oxford in 1938. In 1940, she decided to become a nurse and trained at Nightingale School of Nursing based at St Thomas's Hospital from 1940-44.[1] Returning to St Anne's College after a back injury in 1944, she took a BA in 1945, qualifying as a medical social worker in 1947 and eventually trained as a doctor at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (now merged to form King's College London GKT School of Medical Education) and qualified MBBS in 1957.[1]

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