“At a time when a long life can become a curse as readily as a blessing, this lucid and compassionate book points the way to more humane treatment of a life’s last days.” –Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“The baby boom generation has transformed every stage of live we’ve touched. We’re now transforming the dying process. And Dr. Byock is leading the way… brilliantly!” – Christiane Northrup, MD, ob/gyn and author of the New York Times bestselling Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
"A magnificent, moving, and deeply important work. Ira Byock is a trailblazer whose life’s work has forever changed the way we view dying in this country. But there’s much more to be done. The Best Care Possible is Byock’s urgent and passionate call to action for the nation. This book is a must-read for anyone who thinks there’s even a possibility that they someday might die.” –Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, author-editor of Listening Is an Act of Love
“In a world of sound bites, end-of-life concerns are framed politically with emotionally charged rhetoric. Above the clamor, Dr. Byock writes a compelling case for consistent, compassionate, and enduring palliative care for all people as they reach the winter of their lives. Through vignettes he outlines the challenges for the patient, the caregivers, and the medical community, and ably advocates a revolution of care for the end of life. This is a revolution sorely needed and worth fighting for.” –Pastor Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources
Or those of us who may at some time have an ailing loved one, or a loved one who may die.
Baby-boomers who are caring for their aging parents can benefit a great deal from the information Dr Byock provides and so will clinicians.
This book explains in very easy to understand language what the issues and the options are.
I loved reading the real-life examples, but I did not enjoy the preachy parts of this book. The preachy parts for me were when the author taught a class and near the end when the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Debra F. Marsh
I was surprised that this book had been recommended by NPR. It may be helpful to readers who have never thought about death and dying, but for the rest of us, it is simplistic and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jgd
More insight from one of the premier hospice/palliative doctors. Difficult topic, no clear guidelines on how to standardize, but thought provokingPublished 2 months ago by Karen Jones
This is a pretty good book. It is thought provoking.Published 2 months ago by Karen and Morris schademan
Outstanding book on a topic rarely discussed. Dr. Brock's outlook, experience, and writing style make this a wonderful and informative read.Published 4 months ago by Craig F.
Being a very conservative and traditional thinker myself, it was refreshing to find someone who can present a modern view of this very sensitive subject without destroying... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gerell McCann
Poignant stories, understandably written, and well tailored to reference and share when considering how to best plan for your care as you age. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tom L.
If you know a doctor - buy this book for them! It's never taught in med school, but very patient wants / needs their doctors to understand what's in this book!!!