Torrance Based Physician Takes Whole Person Care to New Heights
While serving his internship in Fresno in the late 1970s, young physician
in training Ira Byock had an interaction with a patient that would forever
change his life. The exchange seems rather nondescript at first glance.
“How are you doing this morning, Mr. Rodriguez?” Dr. Byock
had asked. “I’m well,” Mr. Rodriguez replied. That was
it. And yet, the patient was dying and knew very well that his days left
on this planet were severely numbered. The moment left Dr. Byock perplexed.