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Lightening up before death.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19939314     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
A lightening, or clearing, of the mental state in the hours or days before death, particularly in those delirious, is occasionally noted by those caring for the dying. Similar phenomena have been described in the natural world and in classical literature. This brief period of lucidity is generally followed by a rapid terminal decline. The author reports on his experience with six cases illustrating this phenomenon. The increasing use of palliative sedation may diminish the possibility of lightening up before death occurring. The theoretical concepts of Hughlings Jackson may provide an explanation for this phenomenon.
A D Sandy Macleod
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Palliative & supportive care     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1478-9523     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101232529     Medline TA:  Palliat Support Care     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  513-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nurse Maude Hospice, Christchurch, New Zealand.
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