Cure and healing

Lodovico Balducci and H. Lee Modditt

in Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571390
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665037 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbook in Public Health

Cure and healing

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This chapter begins with a study of two clinical case studies which highlight the difference between curing and healing, concluding that healing refers to the personal experience of the disease, unlike cure which refers to its objective physical manifestations. The chapter then outlines some common trends in the way to healing, including resolving emotional conflict, and the role of the health care practitioner in this.

Chapter.  5280 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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