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Focusing In On Palliative Care

For four years, terminally ill patients in Vermont have been able to seek a doctor's help in hastening their death. In that time, 29 Vermonters have taken the patient choice prescription.
Pamela Moore
Palliative care is not new as a medical practice, but as a recognized medical specialty, it's still being defined. We're talking about it with the new chair in palliative medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Palliative care is specialized medical care that treats pain and other symptoms of patients with serious illness. It's a branch of medicine that can have a major impact - not only on patients, but on their families as well. 

As medical practice, it's as old as medicine itself. As a recognized medical specialty, it's almost brand new, and still in some ways being introduced to patients and the public.

Today, we're talking to Dr. Robert Gramling, the new Holly and Bob Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Also on the program: Neal Goswami of the Vermont Press Bureau gives us an update on the trial of Senator Norm McAllister.

And on Timeline with James Stewart: how Richard Wagner defined art.

This program is broadcast live on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.