Science and technology cannot replace the power of a physician learning about his or her patients, connecting with them, listening, touching, reading their eyes, showing compassion—treating the whole person and not just the disease. This is the premise of Healing the Soul by Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD. In this book, Dr. Khatri shares personal stories of patients exhibiting remarkable courage and maintaining hope and purpose in the face of terrible illness, disability and suffering. How are they able to do this? According to Dr. Khatri, through the power of the mind/body relationship—positive thinking—recognized and inspired by physician care.
As a neurologist, Dr. Khatri’s career has been devoted to treating patients with multiple sclerosis, and he has applied the latest scientific technology in his practice. On this program, Dr. Khatri shares what he feels is also critically necessary but is at risk in advances in healthcare today: the fact that the patient’s state of mind has a great deal to do with healing. Physicians need to be taught how important attitude, the physician’s and the patient’s, is to the healing process.
Listen to a fascinating discussion on the dynamics of health care today and bringing it back to the basics: the physician/patient relationship.