The Best Care Possible by Ira Byock
A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life

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I’m unhappy about the use of composite patients in some of these detailed portraits.
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A doctor on the front lines of hospital care illuminates one of the most important and controversial social issues of our time.



It is harder to die in this country than ever before. Though the vast majority of Americans would prefer to die at home—which hospice care provides—many of us spend our last days fearful and in pain in a healthcare system ruled by high-tech procedures and a philosophy to “fight disease and illness at all cost.”



Dr. Ira Byock, one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country, argues that how we die represents a national crisis today. To ensure the best possible elder care, Dr. Byock explains we must not only remake our healthcare system but also move beyond our cultural aversion to thinking about death. The Best Care Possible is a compelling meditation on medicine and ethics told through page-turning life-or-death medical drama. It has the power to lead a new national conversation.
 

About Ira Byock

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Ira Byock, M.D., is a leading palliative care physician and longtime public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He is past president of the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and cofounder of Life's End Institute: Missoula Demonstration Project, Inc., a community-based research and quality improvement organization focused on end-of-life experience and care. He heads the national Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and a faculty member of Dartmouth School of Medicine.
 
Published March 15, 2012 by Avery. 337 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jan 30 2012

A lucid explanation of palliative care and how it can help people die better...A persuasive argument for compassionate care.

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James Salwitz

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Reviewed by James Salwitz on Apr 06 2012

There are a few areas through this book, where I might have come to different conclusions.

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Reviewed by Paula Span on Mar 20 2012

I’m unhappy about the use of composite patients in some of these detailed portraits.

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Alex Awiti

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Reviewed by Alex Awiti on Apr 01 2012

Knowing what to expect, what to demand, and what limitations to accept can lessen the burdens of care giving, illness and certain death. This book is crying out to be read!

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