Diane Radford, M.D.

Archive for May, 2012

May 24, 2012
The Healing Touch and the Teacher

I remember it as if it were yesterday, the spacious auditorium in the then-new Boyd Orr building at the University of Glasgow. The oncologist, young to be the Chair of the department (but so wise), lectured to us about the importance of touch in patient-doctor communication. Not salacious touch of course, but touch for support, empathy, and reassurance. It may be holding a trembling hand, or a gentle squeeze to the elbow. It may be a hand…