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Ira Byock: The Best Care Possible

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Dartmouth physician Ira Byock says even with incredible advances in medicine, far too many Americans suffer needlessly and die “badly”.  In a new book, Byock calls for a new approach toward the end of life; one focused on taking care of persons, not just “bodies”, and helping patients and their families reach decisions about dying.

Guest: 

  • Dr. Ira ByockProfessor at Dartmouth Medical School and head of the Palliative Care Service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Byock is the author of many books including his latest, "The Best Care Possible: A Physicians Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life"