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How the Mind Affects Surgery

A surgeon tells the story of a patient whose friends had said a prayer over a stone they had all held in their hands. The stone was meant to remain with the woman during surgery, to bring her good luck. When the surgeon noticed that the stone was nowhere to be seen, he delayed the operation until it was found. Questioned about his decision, he answered simply, “When I operate, I need all the help I can get.”

Even if the conclusions reached by these studies remain controversial, is it reasonable to deprive patients of help that is not only harmless but so potentially beneficial?

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Megan, selected from The Intelligent Optimist

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5:08AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

We can help ourselves

10:30PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Yes. mind over matter. So mind need proper orientation and training

9:08PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Wonderful. I'm going to print this for a young friend who is going in for her third back surgery! Thank you so much.

12:35AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:09AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Thank you for this story, Megan. :-)

7:20PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

How the mind affects everything... !

11:49AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

People undergoing surgery need all he help they can get - whether it is approved by Western medicine or not. Acupuncture works for some as an anaesthetic for dental surgery.

3:33AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

This is exactly what Aldous Huxley described in his novel "The Island"...

1:30PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

To quote Henry Ford, "Whether you think you can or can't, you're right".
There is a part of our mind that runs our whole body in automatic mode - we don't need to think about beating our hearts. Would it be a surprise to learn that the same part of our mind can enable better, faster healing? Sure, you can wait for science to measure it and figure out how it works, but in the meantime, I'd rather use it any way.
People were taking advantage of the heat of the Sun before they could explain the complicated thermonuclear reactions that make it hot...

10:47AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

i believe it's true that attitude and mental preparation play a mjor role in successful surgery.

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