Best Care Possible A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life

ISBN-10: 1583334599

ISBN-13: 9781583334591

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ira Byock

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A pallitative care doctor on the front lines of hospital care illuminates one of the most important and controversial ethical issues of our time on his quest to transform care through the end of life. It is harder to die in this country than ever before. Statistics show that the vast majority of Americans would prefer to die at home, yet 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 end-of-life care is among the biggest national crises facing us today. In addressing the crisis, 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 death and acknowledge the fact of mortality once and for all. 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, cutting-edge academic medical center to show what the best care at the end of life can look like and how doctors and nurses can profoundly shape the way families experience loss. Like books by Atul Gawande and Jerome Groopman, Best for Lastis a compelling meditation on medicine and ethics told through page-turning, life or death medical drama. It is passionate and timely, and it has the power to lead a new kind of national conversation.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/15/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction
The Best Care Possible
The Best Care Possible
Life-and-Death Decisions
Between Scylla and Charybdis, a Rock and a Hard Place, and the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Balancing Acts-Weighing Potential Benefits Against Risks and Burdens
Palliative Care: Completing the Therapeutic Continuum
Palliative Care-A Surprising New Specialty (Hint: It's Not Just for Dying)
Morbidity and Mortality
Real Doctoring for the Twenty-first Century
What Are Doctors For?
The Busy Day That Sharon Died
Transforming Medicine and Society
Fixing Health Care
Imagining a Care-Full Society
Standing on Common High Ground
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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