Psychedelics: Podcast with Ira Byock

GeriPal podcast, June 9, 2019

Why physicians must communicate better

Dr. Ira Byock and Anthony Shore End Well: Design for the End of Life Experience, Mar 11, 2019

This GeriPal podcast features Dr. Ira Byock, a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

Ira Byock wrote a provocative and compelling paper in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management titled, “Taking Psychedelics Seriously.“

In this podcast Ira Byock talks about the use of psychedelics for patients with serious and life-limiting illness. Guest host Josh Biddle (UCSF Palliative care fellow) asks, “Should clinicians who prescribe psychedelics try them first to understand what their patients are going through?” The answer is “yes” — read or listen on for more!


What is the difference between death and dying? Palliative care pioneer, physician, and author Ira Byock, MD asks why we seem to be losing our ability to relate to those who are dying, and inspires us to change this by changing our language. He is joined by award-winning linguist Anthony Shore.




In these videos, Dr. Byock shares his expertise on improving care for people through the end of life. He explains the need to extend attention beyond state-of-art disease treatments to the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of every ill person with his or her family.


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