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5.0 out of 5 stars discussion of a critical issue which cannot be avoided, March 20, 2012
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This review is from: The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life (Hardcover)
This book is not intended for everyone. Just for those of us with an ailing loved one, or a loved one who who is dying. Or those of us who may at some time have an ailing loved one, or a loved one who may die. Or those of us who may at some time ourselves be ailing or dying. Dr Byock transforms the discussion of how we live our final days from a political hot potato to a rational, personal and heartfelt fact of life. As a physician, I am keenly aware of the miraculous medical tools that we as Americans are fortunate to have available to us. I am equally aware, however how the inappropriate use of these tools can contradict our ultimate responsibility as physicians to "above all do no harm". More importantly, as the son of one of the patients whose journey through critical illness and hospice care is chronicled in The Best Care Possible, I have witnessed and experienced how an informed and caring medical team can positively effect not only the patient, but those who love her as well. Let the publication of this book awaken us all to the need for a national discussion, in a sane and rational way, of the need of advanced directives, and an assessment of how we choose to spend our final days. Sanford E Glikin, MD
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Initial post: Mar 22, 2012, 5:20:09 PM PDT
George says:
I have just read a very good review of this book in the Economist. . I noted Dr. Glikin's advice to get an Advance Directive done and filed appropriately. I found the main problem in the three (!!) I have tried to fill out that I kept asking myself "How will I know?" I can't know now how I will feel because `now' is `now', and the future is pretty much an unknown.

I have just finished a book by the husband-wife physician team of Groopman & Hartzband YOUR MEDICAL MIND: How to Decide What is Right for You. I was interested to note that they do not think very highly of an AD.

One thing I am working on now in my head is the possible need to be willing to let go when hanging on will cost an unconscionable amount of money that could be better spent on a younger and more needy person.
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