ira byock MD - palliative care physician, author, and public advocate

Books – Overview

The Best Care Possible

The Best Care Possible

His most recent book, The Best Care Possible (Avery/Penguin, March 2012), tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life. It has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and other major publications, and won the Annual Books for a Better Life Award in the category of Wellness. Read more…

Cover - 10th Anniv. Ed. The Four Things That Matter Most

The Four Things That Matter Most

His second book, The Four Things That Matter Most (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2004),
is used as a counseling tool widely by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral training.  Read more…

 Dying Well

Dying Well

Ira Byock’s first book, Dying Well (Riverhead/Putman, 1997),  has become a standard in the field of hospice and palliative care. Read More…

Other Books Co-authored and Co-edited by Ira Byock

PearlsPalliative and End-of-Life Pearls Co-authored with John E.Heffner, MDHanley and Belfus, Inc., 2002 fewmonths_smallA Few Months to Live: Different Paths to Life’s End Co-authored with Jana Staton and Roger Shuy, Georgetown University Press, 2001