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Holism & Health

“The Quiet Therapist”

I was once intrigued by the title of a book, The Quiet Therapies. It led me to wonder who the quietest therapist I had ever known was. The answer was obvious. He was not a psychiatrist, nor a psychologist, nor even a doctor. He was the male nurse in charge of the psychiatry wards at a hospital in which I worked many years ago. His name was Wally Brown.
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“The Wonder Drug”

Many years ago, I worked in the back wards of a psychiatric hospital. These housed the high-security, dangerous, quasi-murderous patients, and the wards were kept locked. The inmates were often there with court certificates because they had beaten people up, and far worse. Before I worked on those wards, the doctors went in only when a flag was raised by the nurses to signal that it was safe. I decided that if it was safe enough for the nurses, it must be the same for the doctors. So I started going in frequently.
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“My First Patient”

My first patient, a married woman in her mid-thirties, was an inpatient in a neurosurgery ward. She had been suffering from severe headaches for many years. The neurosurgeon, though academically brilliant, seemed to have an unsympathetic attitude and was subjecting her to a number of painful procedures, which included pneumoencephalograms, blood tests, cerebral arteriography, X-rays, lumbar punctures, and so on.

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“A Commentary on Psychosomatic Medicine”

Who can ever establish when a case of heart disease really started? Was it with the first change in electrical activity, was it with the first symptom of pain in the chest, or was it when subtle biochemical changes occurred or when there were subtle pathological changes in the blood vessels of the heart, perhaps many years before the patient ever had a complaint?
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“The True Cure”

When a doctor approaches a patient he must think not only of the mechanics of the physical cure, but also of aiding the person in healing his spirit. This cannot be learned in medical school, it is not in the medical textbooks, nor does it qualify as a diagnosis for insurance companies. But it is what really matters.
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“Treatment or Therapy?”

While treatment provides symptom relief, it is therapy that therefore provides the ultimate cure.
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“Think Only of Soul”

Psychoanalysis, and all the other psychologies, are concerned with what I call the superficial unconscious of admixed love and hate. All the effort is to reduce the hate and so increase the love.

But always there will be some hate remaining, never only love. Never transcendental.

They do not Know that there is a Deep Unconscious of Pure, Pure Love.

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