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.