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Patients healing patients

Posted by Dr. Suzanne Koven  June 5, 2013 07:13 AM

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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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Suzanne Koven, M.D. practices internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She writes a monthly column for the Globe's G Health section and her essays have appeared in the More »

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