Dr. Ira Byock, one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the
country, argues that how we die is among the biggest national crises
facing us today.
addressing the sorry state of dying in America, politics has trumped
reason. Dr. Byock explains that to ensure the best possible care for
those we love—and eventually ourselves—we must not only remake our
healthcare system, we must also move past our cultural aversion to
talking about dying and acknowledge the fact of mortality once and for
all. In so doing, we can live emotionally authentic, healthier, and more
Dr. Byock describes what palliative care really is, and—with a
doctor’s compassion and insight—puts a human face on the issues by
telling richly moving, heart-wrenching, and uplifting stories of real
people during the most difficult moments in their lives.
Byock takes us inside his busy, leading-edge academic medical center
to show what the best care through the end of life can look like and how
doctors and nurses can profoundly shape the way families experience