Book: The Veneration of Life

An inspiring new perspective on Alzheimer's.
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“Renouncing the Medical Model”

As a doctor, my work was to help, to encourage, to treat, perhaps even at times to heal. Always underneath is a degree, often a large degree, of preaching, of fear-mongering: “Do this – or else.” The other day I overheard a (lay) “healer” telling a “patient” that he could possibly come to need a colostomy. Telling – terrorizing.
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“Not Wanting to Give Up Their Illness”

For years I had to use a faulty electric hand drier in the toilet of an office building I visit very frequently. Sometimes it would turn on when, as instructed, I placed my hands under the nozzle, or if I hit it – just so. But next time in the same place, it would not.

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“Spiritual Medicine”

Thanks to modern medical advances, the mechanical body marches on, but the spirit has died. As doctors, we must judge our results from quality of life.
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Over my many years in clinical practice, I have increasingly come to the conclusion that all of us are suffering from a condition more basic, any more fundamental, than any illness. And we all are afflicted by it, whether apparently healthy or not. This I call anguish, the anguish of the human condition.

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“The Trauma of Diagnosis”

Many years ago, the Immigration Department required me to provide a routine chest X-ray. I went to the X-ray department at the prestigious hospital where I was employed and had the X-ray taken. The next day as I walked into my office, I saw the X-ray in an envelope on my desk.

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“The Most Basic Emotion”

The most basic and primitive emotion is love. This fact has been neglected in medicine, and neglected in our society. We don’t read in the newspapers about love. We don’t read in the medical textbooks about love. We must realize that love can activate our Life Energy and promote healing. This is a matter of vital medical importance.

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“‘You’re the Only Star’: Music, Illness, and Motherhood”

When I was six I was admitted to hospital extremely ill, not thought to live.

I vividly recall my mother waving good-bye to me through the glass screen. (I must have been in an isolation unit.)

Then she hurriedly turned away to hide her tears, but I knew. And then she was gone.

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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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“Helping the Children of Mothers with Schizophrenia”

I remember back in 1960 attending a lecture by a visiting psychiatric dignitary, I believe it was E.J. Anthony. His subject was the children of schizophrenic mothers.
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