A Stanford medical student and a chaplain walk into a room... And that's where the magic begins as Vivian Vu Ho accompanies Chaplain Bruce Feldstein and witnesses how mindfulness, when properly harnessed, can facilitate the best medical outcomes in any patient.
"As we were about to enter, my sense of calm short-circuited for a moment. I realized that I knew nothing about this man. As a medical student, I was accustomed to charging in prepared, scribbled notes in hand, taken from the patient’s chart... Here I only knew his name, age and religious preference. "
"I whispered to Bruce. “What did (the patient) come in for?” Bruce assured me, “We’ll find out soon enough. Let us be simply be present – open, caring and curious. What matters for him is what matters for us. Let us identify and respond, bringing all our life experience as well as training."
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TITLE Medicine as Meditation
PUBLISHER: Scientific American Blog Network
February 21, 2020
TOPIC(s) * Top News *, Health / Science