Abraham Verghese - A Doctor's Touch

The Importance Of Touch


Filmed July 2011 at TEDGlobal 2011

Physician and writer Abraham Verghese speaks earnestly and with great humanity about the powerful role that touch plays when helping our patients in a therapeutic setting.

Transcending the clinical routine, Verghese portrays, sometimes with poetic intensity, the fundamental human need to connect – without which we might risk losing sight of the patient as a person.

“…the power of the human hand – to touch, to comfort, to diagnose and to bring about treatment”

Obviously, as osteopaths we work with touch in a way that is central to our interaction – in examination and treatment – powerful allies when helping a person to recover. Nonetheless, this talk entreats us to reaffirm the responsibility this interaction brings, and to best use the opportunity we have to help.

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