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The Nature of HealingThe Modern Practice of Medicine$
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Eric J. Cassell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369052

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369052.001.0001

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What Is Healing?

What Is Healing?

(p.81) 4 What Is Healing?
The Nature of Healing

Eric J. Cassell

Oxford University Press

A brief history of healing in the United States is presented. Various kinds of healing are given. The goal of healing is well-being. Well-being is described. What does sickness do to persons that requires healing? Healing is making whole. What does that mean? Whole means a sense of being sound, being able to function as the person someone is—whole in an individual sense. It includes being able to pursue purposes and goals and discovering what these things mean for individual patients. Also discussed is how healing is accomplished and the connection of the healer to the patient.

Keywords:   healing, healing, history of, whole, connection to patient, sickness, cognition in

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