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Attending to the Body, Part II

By Brian VolckAugust 2, 2016

Under the circumstances, we had given them all we could: our time, our presence, our attention. We visited them in their home. We listened to their stories. We stood in witness. We carry them in memory.
In a brief intersection of radically different lives, we acknowledged one another’s frail humanity. That was our therapy, a word from the Greek, therapon, “one who attends.” As medical professionals, we’d come wanting to do so much more.

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Attending to the Body, Part I

By Brian VolckAugust 1, 2016

It’s precisely then that presence is needed: a practice to banish distraction, dial down emotion, return attention to the exchange happening right now, and note my responses—mental and physical. That’s when I live into the role of attending physician. . . Without practices of attentive presence, the patient’s real concerns will be overlooked, important information remain hidden, diagnoses missed, and complex therapies wasted.

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Carry Me

By Brian VolckFebruary 10, 2008

Doctor-Writer and longtime friend of ImageBrian Volck considers how impairment blurs the lines between healer and healed.

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