Letter: My Testimony Was Misquoted

To the Editor:

Ed Wendell seriously misquoted me in his Feb. 12 Forum letter. I did not utter the words he attributed to me. In fact, my own mother died suddenly.

I did testify in opposition to legalizing physician-assisted suicide at the Vermont Senate committee hearing. The full text of my testimony is available at www.TheBestCarePossible.org.

Ira Byock, M.D.

Palliative care physician



Letter: Mixed Message on Suicide

Friday, February 8, 2013

To the Editor: This is in opposition to the physician-assisted suicide bill before the Vermont Senate. There is a suicide problem in Vermont now. This measure would send the message that suicide is an acceptable practice and make Vermont complicit in the act by, in effect, saying to Vermonters that suicide is acceptable in some cases. Mixed messages don’t work, …

Testimony: Doctors Should Not Become Agents of Death

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Following is testimony prepared by Dr. Ira Byock for a hearing on end of life choices held by the Vermont Senate’s Committee on Health and Welfare in Montpelier on Jan. 31. I am Dr. Ira Byock. I am a practicing palliative care physician and direct the palliative care program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. I am a professor in …