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

ISBN-10: 1583335129
ISBN-13: 9781583335123
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ira Byock
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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.

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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