The latest Tarascon pocketbook on palliative care is compact but packs a lot of information in the little package. This book provides a concise resource that covers the goals of palliative care including a section on communication strategies. Symptom management is provided in a well-organized manner. For each symptom, this guide provides background information, evaluation mechanisms, and management strategies in an easy-to-scan list. Next, a section on common emergencies such as active dying, acute bleeding, and cord compression covers a variety of situations that practitioners may encounter. This pocketbock also includes a thorough resource list for further reading.

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