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Ira Byock talks about his work in palliative medicine
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Byock publishes book

Dr. Ira Byock, a professor of anesthesiology and the director of DHMC's palliative care program, has dedicated his career to improving the care people receive at the end of life. In March, he published The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life, which shares some of the wisdom and insight he has gained over the years. The book addresses difficult but important questions that are being faced every day by individual Americans and by the nation as a whole, and as a result it has garnered a lot of attention. "What makes Dr. Byock's book particularly valuable is the chance to eavesdrop on the doctors we're often quick to blame," noted a review in the New York Times.

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