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A Palliative-Care Pioneer Faces His Own Death
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The story of the end-of-life experience of a palliative care physician who helped thousands of patients to die well.

We all die. Most of us spend the majority of our lives ignoring this uncomfortable truth, but Dr. Larry Librach dedicated his life and his career to helping his patients navigate their final journey. Then, in April 2013, Larry was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

Unlike the majority of us, Larry knew the death he wanted. He wanted to die at home, surrounded by his family: his wife of forty years, his children, and his grandchildren. He did. He was peaceful and calm at the end. Larry proved that the "good death" isn't a myth. It can be done, and he showed us how.

Ever the teacher, Larry made his last journey a teachable moment on how to die the best death possible, even with a pernicious disease. As hard as it is to guide patients toward dying well, it is far harder to live those precepts day by day as the clock ticks down to one's own death, but Larry, together with author Phil Dwyer, chronicled his final journey with courage and humour.



Chapter 1: Proposal
Chapter 2: Origins
Chapter 3: Bed
Chapter 4: Diagnosis
Chapter 5: Food
Chapter 6: Procedures
Chapter 7: Donkey Derby
Chapter 8: Callous
Chapter 9: Song
Chapter 10: Burden
Chapter 11: Hospice
Chapter 12: Treatment
Chapter 13: Home
Chapter 14: Grief
Chapter 15: The War on Cancer
Chapter 16: Chemoland
Chapter 17: Blockage
Chapter 18: Walk
Chapter 19: Stoic
Chapter 20: Hope
Chapter 21: Alive
Chapter 22: Narrative
Chapter 23: Cure
Chapter 24: Funeral


ISBN-13: 9781459731936
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Publication date: May, 2016
Pages: 218
Dimensions: 152.00 x 229.00 x 25.00
Weight: 361g
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Subcategories: General Practice


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