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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2012

Canadian pioneer in palliative care remembered

Elizabeth Latimer

Elizabeth Latimer

Elizabeth Latimer, a professor and a Canadian pioneer in palliative care, passed away in April after a sudden illness.

Latimer, 67, joined McMaster in 1975 and retired in 2011 as professor emeritus of the Department of Family Medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. In her 39 years as a palliative care physician, Latimer published extensively on control of chronic cancer pain, delivery of health care to the terminally ill, and the ethical basis of practice and decision-making while caring for thousands of patients at Hamilton Health Sciences. She was also a consultant and lecturer in several countries.

In 1999, Latimer received Canada's highest palliative care award, the Award of Excellence in Palliative Care from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.


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