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July 19, 1965

The Healing of Persons

JAMA. 1965;193(3):252. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090030074041

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The Healing of Persons is far from being just another book dealing with the treatment of the "whole person." The original version of 1940 was not translated into English until 1965. The author readily acknowledges that some of his ideas have changed during this time; yet he chose not to revise the book radically lest its original spontaneity should suffer.

His main thesis is that the unique individuality of the patient, with his past fears, interests, guilts, etc. play an immeasurable part in the inception, course, and prognosis of illnesses. The doctor must have recourse to all available technical helps in diagnosis and treatment, including psychotherapy, but he is not doing his full job unless he also tries to help the patient "solve his life problems."

The challenge is never-ending, demanding from the doctor a maturity which must be approached through self-understanding and continual spiritual growth. The healing of persons

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