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Even a little magic

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Artigo publicado em 08/2008. Local de publicação: Canadian Family Physician

Resumo

Magic has been associated with the practice of medicine for thousands of years. The idea that a portion of the healing process is attributed to magic is deeply rooted in the human psyche. Maybe it is because of this that patients are so fascinated with the advanced technology involved in some medical procedures, such as surgeries and sophisticated complementary tests—in those they can also see something magical and mysterious. But patients are shrewd and soon end up realizing that an important element is missing: the special relationship between healer and patient that always characterized the art of medicine when magic played an integral role. And now we ask, "Is there a chance that the magical dimension of medicine continues to play a role in a discipline dominated by technology and evidence?"