Chapter

What Is Healing?

Eric J. Cassell

in The Nature of Healing

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195369052
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979103 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369052.003.0004
What Is Healing?

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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

Chapter.  6840 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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