The Heart in Hospice Care and Palliative Medicine

Rusty Hammer thought hospice care and palliative medicine was considered a last resort and accepting it meant giving up, but he found that, in many cases, the treatment can be worse than the disease.

Nearly half of all Americans now die in hospice care, often at home, and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. "Changing the Way We Die" by Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel is the first book to take a sweeping look at the hospice care landscape, now a $14 billion a year enterprise and arguably the most successful segment of health care, and the remarkable shift in attitudes and practices around dying.
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