The term healing arts has been around for a while but those physicians who truly practice this kind of art are few and far between. Most of them go into the field to help, but then buckle under the system's culture and forget their original quest.
Healthcare in general has become so bureaucratic, so computerized, so impersonal, so technological and technical, so pharmaceutical, and of course so incredibly expensive. Where did the healing touch go? Where the compassionate conversation in supporting the patient emotionally? Where the deep understanding of an affliction and how to heal it uniquely and individually? Standard treatments instead. Private practices are becoming ever bigger, and doctors often take as little as ten minutes to come up with diagnosis and treatment. Next! Hospitals are no better. Heartless money making machines, not temples of healing.
Victoria Sweet, MD, writes on healing as an art in Spirituality & Health Magazines's article, "The Secret of Healing Touch," which is excerpted from her book Slow Medicine. Sweet talks about the art of her touch, knowing just what the patient needs, and the importance of compassionate bedside manner. We yearn for doctors like her, who practice healing as an art form, combining science and inner wisdom.
When we acknowledge the importance of touch, deep dialogue, compassion, and true understanding of what ails a patient, when we make healing holistic again through human connection, when we integrate the scientific with the holistic diagnosic process, then healing is an art form.