Second Season Episode 5: Dr. David Clark on his book, “Cicely Saunders, a life and legacy.”

Dr. David Clark is Professor emeritus of Medical Sociology at the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries, Scotland and has wide-ranging interests in end-of-life issues in the global context.

He founded and led the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Navarra, Spain.

A Vice President of Hospice UK, David is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and has been a board member of the European Association for Palliative Care.

In 2015 he served the Scottish Government as Consulting Editor to its Strategic Framework for Action in Palliative and End of Life Care  and assisted the Scottish Parliament in its enquiry We Need to Talk about Palliative Care.

David founded the International Observatory on End-of-Life Care at Lancaster University in 2003, and has wide ranging interests in the history and global development of palliative care. David remains involved in studies of the global mapping of palliative care development, and in research to inform policy and service implementation in palliative and end of life care.

His monograph on the history of palliative medicine from the nineteenth century, entitled To Comfort Always, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. With a particular knowledge of the life and work of Dame Cicely Saunders, he has edited her letters and selected publications and his biography of her Cicely Saunders: A Life and Legacy  was published to mark the centenary of her birth in 2018.  

He was appointed Professor of Sociology at Sheffield Hallam University in 1993 and in 1995 became Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Sheffield. He moved to Lancaster University in 2003 and in 2005, and with support from the Irish Hospice Foundation, took up the position of Visiting Professor in Hospice Studies at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, where he worked on the creation of the All-Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care.

David started working at the University of Glasgow in October 2009, where he was Director of the Dumfries Campus for six years before taking up his current role.

He was awarded the OBE in 2017 for services to end of life care research.

Books Published

  1. Clark, D. (2018) Cicely Saunders: A Life and Legacy. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780190637934 (doi:10.1093/oso/9780190637934.001.0001)
  2. Clark, D. (2016) To Comfort Always: a history of palliative medicine from the nineteenth century. Series: Oxford medical histories. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199674282
  3. Inbadas, H. , Gillies, M. and Clark, D. (2016) Scottish Atlas of Palliative Care. University of Glasgow: Glasgow. ISBN 9780852619513
  4. Clark, D. (2013) Transforming the Culture of Dying: The work of the Project on Death in America. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780199311613
  5. Bingley, A. and Clark, D. (2008) Palliative Care Developments in the Region Represented by the Middle East Cancer Consortium: A Review and Comparative Analysis. Series: MECC palliative care monograph, 07 (6230). National Cancer Institute, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health: Bethesda, MD, USA.
  6. Wright, M. and Clark, D. (2006) Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa: A Review of Developments and Challenges. Oxford University Press: Oxford, England. ISBN 9780199206803
  7. Clark, D. , Small, N., Wright, M., Winslow, M. and Hughes, N. (2005) A Bit of Heaven for the Few? An Oral History of the Hospice Movement in the United Kingdom. Observatory Publications: Lancaster, England. ISBN 9780954419202
  8. Winslow, M. and Clark, D. (2005) St. Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney: A Century of Caring in the East End of London. Observatory Publications: Lancaster, England. ISBN 9780954419233
  9. Clark, D. , Wright, M. and Luczak, J. (2003) Transitions in End Of Life Care: Hospice and Related Developments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Series: Facing Death. The Open University Press: Buckingham, England. ISBN 9780335212866
  10. Clark, D. (2002) Cicely Saunders: Founder of the Hospice Movement: Selected Letters 1959-1999. Clarendon Press: Oxford, England. ISBN 9780198516071
  11. Clark, D. and Seymour, J. (1999) Reflections on Palliative Care. Series: Facing Death. The Open University Press: Buckingham, England. ISBN 9780335194544
  12. Clark, D. (1993) Partners in Care? Hospices and Health Authorities. Avebury: Aldershot, England. ISBN 9781856282277
  13. Lewis, J., Clark, D. and Morgan, D. (1992) Whom God Hath Joined Together: The Work of Marriage Guidance. Tavistock/Routledge: London, England. ISBN 9780415055543
  14. Clark, D. and Haldane, J.D. (1990) Wedlocked? Intervention and Research in Marriage. Series: Family life series. Polity Press: Cambridge, England. ISBN 9780745603117
  15. Burgoyne, J. and Clark, D. (1984) Making a Go of It: A Study of Step-Families in Sheffield. Routledge & Kegan Paul. ISBN 9780710203182
  16. Clark, D. (1982) Between Pulpit and Pew: Folk Religion in a North Yorkshire Fishing Village. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, England. ISBN 9780521240710

Hospice Chaplaincy is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting excellence in spiritual care at the end of life. We are committed to the belief that people from all backgrounds, cultures and faith traditions should experience the end of life in a way that matches their own spiritual/religious values and goals. The task of dying is complicated and often confronts us with lots of spiritual, emotional and physical suffering. Hospice Chaplaincy is dedicated to providing support and professional development resources for hospice chaplains, patient advocacy, and education services to the public, to create a cultural shift to inform and transform our thinking around the psychosocial and psychospiritual issues at the end of life .

1 comment on “Second Season Episode 5: Dr. David Clark on his book, “Cicely Saunders, a life and legacy.”

  1. Chaplain Glenn Palmer

    Thank to this interview I bought and devoured this fantastic book.


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