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Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Books

Fordham library resources and additional information on various aspects of palliative and end-of-life care.


Library of Congress Classification System

Academic libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System to designate a book's location on the shelf.

Some books about palliative and end-of-life care have a call number (on the spine of the book) that ranges from R726.5 - R726.8 (Medicine and disease in relation to Psychology. Terminal care. Dying.)

Some other common categories include the following:

R -  Medicine

BF - Psychology

BJ - Ethics

HQ - The Family, Marriage, Women

HV - Social Pathology; Social and Public Welfare.



Useful library subject terms

Subject terms used by the library for finding materials on end-of-life issues or palliative care include the following:

--hospice care

--palliative treatment

--terminal care

--medical social work

--attitude to death

--social work with older people

--terminally ill

--terminally ill children--care

--social work with the terminally ill



--right to die

--medical ethics

--social service

--grief therapy



--loss (psychology)

To focus more narrowly, search the subject and combine with these or similar subdivisions:

--psychological aspects (For example, "death--psychological aspects;"  "euthanasia--moral and ethical aspects;" etc.)


--family relationships

--case studies

--social aspects

--decision making

--with older people (or another population, e.g., children, women, etc.)

--moral and ethical aspects

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