The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life
A palliative 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...more
The end of the book is a strong call to transform the way we die in America. The author feels that "How we die is alrea ...more
Our country is messed up when it comes to medical care.
Don't ever think that your advance directive will be followed--or even looked at.
Always have a family member present when your care is not acceptable; have them stay with you
until the care is acceptable--whether in the hospital or a nursing home.
If your doctor leaves the exam room before answering all your questions, stay put.
They will need the room so ...more
Seven years after this book was published, there are many more discussions, more books published and more palliative-hospice programs being developed. I wonder how many were indirectly fruits of this work.
I particularly liked hearing the stories of the different patients and Dr. Byock’s compassio ...more
I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt because I genuinely respect his line of work and am interested in the subject matter but the I, I, I, me, me, me started causing me to daydream ...more
In Byork's opinion, we'll need almost a revolution to bring Americans to the place where they can accept de ...more
Reform for Ira Byock means better doctor-patient/family relationships; it means changing the w ...more
Secondly, wh ...more
given in his lectures is "alleviating suffering and eliminating the sufferer are very different acts."
He reverts back to before the 1960's when childbirth was considered a medical event and that dying
needs a similar over haul. He advocates music, poetry and stories, and includes Marge Piercy's poem, "To be of Use" and a Franz Kafka poem about the world offering itself at your feet. Communication is k ...more
"...we're just kicking the can down the road."
"Until you're convinced she is safe, don't leave your mother alone."
"dying is hard, but it does not have to be this hard."
"Dying is the most inevitable fact of life.". DUH!!!
I propose that that until we develop a culture of respect for our elderly AND believe aging is a good thing rather than a feared thing, dying and the process of dying will continue to be hard for the dyin ...more
This book does not argue for euthanasia or assisted suicide. As the author makes clear, these two controversial issues distract our attention from the values and conce ...more
1. "We must escape our fixation with diseases and health care rather than people's well being."
2. "We must get beyond seeing people solely as individuals/patients and begin seeing people as individuals within families ...more
Since all of us and all the people we love are going to die, I wish everyone would read at least the first few chapters of this excellent book. Sadly, I think the people who really need to read it the most, especially those who tal ...more
We need to talk to each other honestly about how we can live our lives well, all the way to the end, and what that means both personally and for us as a society.
Definitely worth reading.
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