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Ira Byock, M.D., is a palliative care physician and chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence St. Joseph Health, based in Torrance, Calif. His books include Dying Well and The Best Care Possible.

FaithShort Take
Ira Byock
The medical profession’s hegemony over questions of illness and dying is not complete; faith communities are still needed for discernment and guidance.