Dr. Ira Byock, one of the foremost palliative-care
physicians in the country, argues that how we die is among the biggest national
crises facing us today. Dr. Byock makes that case in a new book, The Best Care Possible. (To purchase your copy click here at Rainy Day
In addressing the sorry state of dying in America, 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 dying and acknowledge the
fact of mortality once and for all.
In so doing, we can live emotionally authentic,
healthier, and more joyful lives.
Dr. Byock brought this message to Kansas City April 19,
2012, as the keynote speaker for the Annual
Dinner of the Center for Practical Bioethics.
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