Colin Murray Parkes

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Though 83% of 168 cancer patients admitted for "terminal care" died within 12 weeks of admission predictions of the probable length of survival showed little relation to the actual length of survival. A total of 83% of all "errors" were in an "optimistic" direction, the patient being expected to survive longer than he actually did.No significant differences(More)
Recent studies have suggested that the vulnerability to complicated grief (CG) may be rooted in insecure attachment styles developed in childhood. The aim of this study was to examine the etiologic relevance of childhood separation anxiety (CSA) to the onset of CG relative to major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and generalized anxiety(More)
A total of 4,486 widowers of 55 years of age and older have been followed up for nine years since the death of their wives in 1957. Of these 213 died during the first six months of bereavement, 40% above the expected rate for married men of the same age. Thereafter the mortality rate fell gradually to that of married men and remained at about the same(More)
  • C M Parkes
  • The Journal of the Royal College of General…
  • 1978
Among 276 married patients with cancer under the age of 65 who died in two South London boroughs during the period 1967 to 1971, 41 were still under active treatment at the time of death. I studied the remaining 85 per cent who experienced some form of terminal care, and in particular compared reports by the surviving spouses of 65 patients whose care was(More)