A Doctor’s Touch: TED Talk on Touch in the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Since I’m a massage therapist, my whole work day revolves around the sense of touch and palpation of the human body. Doctors, although they are dealing with a patient, at times seem to rely more on scans, test results and medical records than actually examining and touching a patient. In a way, I think it’s become almost old-fashioned to deal with patients through physical touch. I’m a big TED fan, and recently found a talk given by a physician who talks about the power of touch and the way it can inform and solidify the doctor-patient relationship.

While it’s not specifically about massage or alternative medicine, I thought it was an important message about the health care system and wanted to post it for colleagues and friends in the healthcare profession.

http://www.ted.com/talks/abraham_verghese_a_doctor_s_touch.html

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