In this episode we delve into the history of palliative care, starting with Carl Marx (with a C, not a K – so not that Karl Marx). Exploring the history of euthanasia and hospices – right up to the 1970s.

We also talk to Dr Jeena Ackroyd, a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, about her experiences and insights into her work.

And we finish up with a historical case study – looking at the last days of the esteemed midwife, chloroform discoverer and President of our College James Young Simpson.

A full transcript of this podcast episode can be downloaded here.