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 Audio FileInterview with Charlene Thruston, Nurse Practitioner and Program Director of Palliative Supportive Care of Nantucket and David Rehm, President and CEO of Hope Health, formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod.Edit | Remove

  

Over the last three decades hospice and palliative care in the U.S. has grown from a volunteer-led movement into a significant part of our health care system.  This field of medicine is undergoing dramatic changes. Charlene Thruston, Nurse Practitioner and Program Director of Palliative Supportive Care of Nantucket and David Rehm, President and CEO of Hope Health, formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod join us to talk about the new paradigm for care.

Ben Linhoff hauled 800 pounds of gear in ten 2-mile trips from his field camp to a river crossing at the end of the nearest road.
Courtesy of Ben Linhoff

I've read my fair share of science books and field blogs and talked to more than a few scientists. In most cases, I hear their stories and think "Cool! I want to do that!" In a few other cases, I think "That's hardcore, but I could probably handle it." As I read Ben Linhoff's Following the Ice blog this summer (and re-read it last night), all I could think is "That guy is crazy. I never want to camp next to a glacier in Greenland for three months." I'll moderate that a bit now that I've met Ben. He isn't crazy. But I still never want to camp next to a glacier in Greenland for 3 straight months. I'm certainly glad Ben is willing to, though, because his research is important.

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