Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing.
To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.
- Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
Constant attention by a good nurse may be
just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
- Dag Hammarskjold
Sometimes we must yield control to others and accept our vulnerability so we can be healed.
- Kathy Magliato, Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon
A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings … cannot be a scientist;
he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist.
This means that in order to be a good doctor
a man must also have a good character, that is to say,
whatever weaknesses and foibles he may have, he must
love his fellow human beings in the concrete and
desire their good before his own.
- W. H. Auden
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Healing is best accomplished when art and science are conjoined,
when body and spirit are probed together.
-Bernard Lown, M.D., The Lost Art of Healing
Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing.
It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others.
It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people.
It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even
know they’re alone with an illness.
― Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
The most important innovation in medicine to come in the next 10 years:
the power of the human hand.
- Abraham Verghese, M.D., TED Talk
Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife,
underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit — Life!
- Emily Dickinson