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FLDR 2019 Spring

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16 f l o r i d a d o c t o r he concept of health as applied to a human being implies wholeness of functions. Efforts at restoration of health are defined as healing, and a person who practices healing is called a healer. Hence, the adjective holistic is relevant to all aspects of human activities in the sphere of healing. is perspective of what health is and how to practice healing arose from an early view of mankind. In that, all forms of illnesses were caused by deities in response to human violations of divine commandments. Ancient civilizations, including Egypt, Greece, Rome, India and China, each practiced a type of healing which appealed to gods for restoration. Some primitive religions seem to have considered a human being as a single enti- ty without subdivided categorization into different parts—mind, body and spirit. Historical Views of Healing Hippocrates, also known as the "father of medicine" to the western world, was a fih century B.C. member of the priesthood of Asclepius—the Greek god of healing. It was later in life when he considered that a complete knowledge of the body was necessary for the practice of medicine. He is thought to have been the first person to believe that illnesses were caused natu- rally and not because of superstition. He separated the discipline of medicine from religion, believing and arguing that disease was not a punishment inflicted by the gods. Rather, despite his limited anatom- ical knowledge, he argued that they are a product of environmental factors, diet and living habits. In Alexandria, during the third century B.C., Herophilus and Erasistratus became the first individuals to perform systematic human cadaver dissections. However, subsequent development of rational Greek medicine as championed by Hippocrates was hampered in Greek culture and later by the Christian Church of the later centuries. e prohibition of the dissec- tion of human cadavers limited necessary exploration of the cadavers to understand the detailed anatomy of the body and its functions. e convergence of civilizations at that time in the ancient world, between 500 B.C. and 300 A.D., at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, there produced a new perspective about the nature of the human being. e view that the human being was a single entity was replaced by a perspective which understood his existence as an assemblage—a combina- tion of a visible body, an invisible mind T Healing, Healer and Health A Holistic Approach to the Doctor/Patient Relationship Achieving Ideal Patient Care Through Personal, Social, and Physical Wholeness Abe Kurien, MD Abe Kurien is a resident at Brookdale Cypress Village in Jacksonville, Florida. In his spare time he enjoys photography and service roles in his community. Dr. Kurien believes in a holistic approach to medicine, which he applied throughout his career. u R E S I D E N T S P O T L I G H T u

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