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February 4, 2011
Interview with Allan Hamilton, M.D., author of the book The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope
Dr. Allan Hamilton:
Dr. Allan Hamilton
And I said, "Well why don't we talk about it?" and they said, "Well, because everybody would think we're crazy."
Dr. Hamilton believes there's a spiritual component to all of this that needs to be talked about and better understood.
If you give a surgeon two identical patients and one patient has an energetic, enthusiastic attitude, profound spiritual beliefs - and then I have another patient, they're isolated, they have no family - no surgeon would tell you that the isolated, lonely patient is going to stand a better chance of recovery.
If you or someone you know is facing serious illness or surgery, Dr. Hamilton says don't discount the power of belief, prayer, or whatever you want to call it because miracles do happen.
And as you begin to experience those things as a physician, as you begin to experience those things that suggest supernatural powers - it really changes the way you look at the importance of spiritual power during illness.