In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, accounts of interactions like the one depicted in this brief video clip, in which a U.S. Marine who lost both legs in combat counsels a new amputee, reminded me of the power patients have to help heal other patients. Patient-to-patient healing occurs in many ways, formal and informal, from group medical visits to impromptu meetings.
In my most recent Boston Globe "In Practice" column, I wrote about patient-to-patient healing, including the story of a conversation between two of my own patients which was helpful in an unexpected way.
Have you experienced patient-to-patient healing?
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