An Understanding of Holistic Medicine
John Diamond, M.D.
Until I first came to America I had never seen the northern sky. In Australia I was quite able to identify the constellations, but in America I couldn’t. I searched and searched for Orion’s belt, and in the end it was pointed out to me. After that I was able to find it easily.
Now, we must remember there is no Orion’s belt in the sky. There is only a collection of stars that appear to us, once they are pointed out, to resemble what we imagine Orion’s belt to have been. But there is no more relationship between the stars comprising the belt than there are between all the stars in the universe. The only relationship is that which we have created in our own fantasy.
The Universe Within
A medical diagnosis is like Orion’s belt. It doesn’t really exist. It is just putting together a few easily observed findings, that seem to have some special relationship. But when we do this, we ignore all the thousands of other findings that are really just as equally related and equally important in the whole universe of the patient.
Each patient is a universe, and a true understanding of him is an understanding of each star in that universe and of the relationship between each star and all the other stars that comprise his universe. Not just picking on a few of the stars because they make a convenient story. A true understanding of a patient is an understanding of his total universe.
This is holistic medicine. It is not twenty or so specialists each working on a patient’s individual stars, but one doctor who at all times works with an understanding and appreciation of the individuality of each star and, at the same time, the myriad inter-relationships of all the stars of the patient’s universe. This is true holistic medicine.
The Notion of Good Doctoring
Let’s change our analogy. A potter is throwing a pot. While it is spinning on the wheel he is constantly feeling and examining it, using all of his aesthetic, artistic and intuitive faculties as well as his logical faculties. Using thus his whole creative self, he works with and molds the clay to keep it as perfectly symmetrical as possible.
Should there be one area which starts to become asymmetrical, he proceeds to rebalance this and to re-center this area, but he never works on only that area but always on the whole pot spinning on the wheel.Read More »