Chapter

Healing the Sick Patient

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/9780195369052.003.0010
Healing the Sick Patient

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This chapter explains what healing is and how it is done in explicit detail, illustrated by many case examples of increasingly severe and complex illnesses and functional impairments. The vital importance to effective healing of understanding the meaning patients have assigned to symptoms, situations, and illnesses and addressing these meaning directly is discussed in detail. Pain in chronically severe illnesses is distinguished from the pain of acute origin, so that the pain of seriously ill patients can be correctly understood and appropriately managed. Here again, understanding the meaning of the pain is important. Specifically addressing the person of the patient, describing what that means, and showing how to do it are exemplified in specific cases.

Keywords: healing; meaning; pain, chronic; pain, acute; persons

Chapter.  12278 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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