We can learn from the Ancient Greeks about healing and health

Originally published at: We can learn from the Ancient Greeks about healing and health - Thought Leader

Hygieia and Asklepios were the gods of dream healing cults that rose in about 500 BCE during the Plague of Athens

We no longer subscribe to the view that “intentionality does not guarantee a consequence of being healed”. Technological advances have persuaded us that we healing is available on demand, assuming we have sufficient money of course. As a byproduct, many hospitals are impersonal, even intimidating.

We are given few opportunities to develop any sort of relationship with the doctors and nurses who treat us. Let’s be honest - as human beings we respond to kindness and being cared for. Every member of the medical profession knows this instinctively. But all we are given by the authorities is the opportunity to sue them if things go wrong.

How often have you been able to seek out the doctor who cured you, and the nurses who cared for you, when you were at death’s door? How come the hospital authorities denied you the opportunity to thank them in person? Who decided that hospitals and such were best run as businesses?

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