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A palliative care physician, Ira Byock regularly lectures doctors and nurses about enlightened end-of-life care. He teaches patients and caregivers about the benevolent options that are available for people on their deathbeds if their caregivers are willing to go beyond the misguided “collection of diagnoses” or curative approach that the US medical profession tends to favor. Service groups, religious groups and healthcare providers who understand Byock’s lasting message – the book, still a top-seller, dates back to 1997 – believe dying people should get more from doctors than pills. He explains what quality palliative care and hospice programs offer and outlines what dying patients and their loved ones should insist on from medical professionals. getAbstract finds that Byock’s manual offers useful information before you have to make end-of-life decisions for a loved one, and it’s an excellent resource if you’re in the middle of that storm.

In this book, you will learn

  • How palliative care can ease someone’s death,
  • Why the US medical establishment’s conventional diagnostic or curative approaches are misguided, and
  • What issues to consider when planning end-of-life care.

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