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[Perspectives] The deathwife

Kathryn Mannix’s message in With the End in Mind is that “there is little to fear and much to prepare for”. Her book has been lavishly praised by lay readers and was shortlisted for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize. Mannix, who worked as a palliative care doctor for three decades, tells the stories of some of the many patients she has attended as a “deathwife”. She describes a crucial episode in her training, when the first palliative care consultant she worked with teaches her how to talk with dying people.