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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Shows some can die with dignity

    Unfortunately a lot of doctors do not pass the test of the one who wrote this book as most don't ever show any humanity.

    Have read most books on death and dying including Kubler-Ross and find this one to be excellent but also know the reality of life and have seen family members pass away without much caring by doctors and in some cases nurses. This is more distressing when the individual dying goes into a hospital for a minor item and is given a heart attack, pneumonia and an infection in two days through lack of procedure by the hospital, doctors, ie. take a person down for surgery and cause the heart attack and then do a CAT scan when they should have done same "before" the surgery.

    Only hope some doctors and nurses read this book so they can see the proper way to handle those who are dying.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2000

    Understanding dying

    The words to descript this book is not easy to express. The contents was over-whelming and informative. As a rural physician in Montana, I have used the principles of hospice in my practice with enriching results. This book only makes me want to be a better physician and person.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2000

    A Blueprint for Dying

    Ira Byock, MD has written a book that the general public can understand. He shares with us the various ways we die - good and bad. He shares a vision of how dying can be done well utilizing the various components of care available to us in the medical profession. Thanks.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002

    Invaluable book

    I picked up this book because I was writing a paper about dying. I kept reading the book because it was informative, terrifying, and beautiful. The book was truly invaluable when my grandfather was dying, I sent a copy to each family member and everyone got something out of it. I couldn't recommend it more highly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2000

    A medical student's review

    As a fourth year medical student with an interest in oncology and palliative psychology I read this text to better understand the existential conflict of dying slowly. The clinical vignettes of his patients; which spanned the spectrum of how well people approach death are consistent with my own experiences with terminal patients. While I enjoyed his illustrations, I learned little from his stories. I suspect however, that patients facing their own mortality, or their family members, could gain invaluable insight by reading the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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