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Dr. Ira Byock is changing the way people die by changing the way they live.

TALKING POINT Dr. Ira Byock is working to make care for the dying a central issue this year when presidential candidates campaign in New Hampshire.
TALKING POINT Dr. Ira Byock is working to make care for the dying a central issue this year when presidential candidates campaign in New Hampshire. (Photo / Kelly Davidson) Photo / Kelly Davidson
By Stephen P. Kiernan
January 14, 2007

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Dr. Ira Byock begins his morning rounds at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center by delivering newspapers. With 15 copies of the Valley News tucked under his arm, his first stop is the chemotherapy clinic. Cancer patients lie on recliners while receiving their infusions, their expressions less of worry than of boredom. For each patient he holds up the front page. "Would you ... (Full article: 983 words)

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