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    Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural and the Healing Power of Hope (Hardback) By (author) Allan J. Hamilton


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    DescriptionA Harvard-educated neurosurgeon reveals his experiences-in and out of the operating room-with apparitions, angels, exorcism, and after-death survival, and shares the lessons he learned. A young burn victim remains in a coma until a ghost appears. A doctor discovers he can predict when a patient will die. A clinically dead patient later recounts extraordinary details about the private lives of her caregivers. A physician needs the help of a Navajo shaman to exorcise the spirit of his dead patient. These things really happened-and neurosurgeon Allan J. Hamilton was involved in every one of them, and many more. Based on thirty years of medical experience, The Scalpel and the Soul tells the unspoken stories behind remarkable patients and strange events, and shares the moral and spiritual lessons found in them. For physicians, supernatural inklings and intrusions are disturbing. Doctors cannot be candid with colleagues or patients because they are trained to disregard the inexplicable and unbelievable. They're taught to discount elusive, evanescent powers of the soul. Superstition, omens, and divine spirits smack of madness. But patients have the same experiences. Life-threatening illness or surgery frequently brings dormant spirituality to life. The soul often needs more than intensive care alone can give. The Scalpel and the Soul explores how premonition, superstition, hope, and faith not only become factors in how patients feel but can change outcomes; it validates the spiritual manifestations physicians see every day; it empowers patients to voice their spiritual needs when they seek medical help; and, finally, it addresses the mysterious, attractive powers the soul exerts during life-threatening events.

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    Scalpel and the Soul
    Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural and the Healing Power of Hope
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Allan J. Hamilton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 550 g
    ISBN 13: 9781585426157
    ISBN 10: 1585426156

    BIC E4L: PAR
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T10.4
    BIC subject category V2: VXP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MED004000
    DC22: 617.48092
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: OCC011000
    LC subject heading:
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Jeremy P Tarcher
    Publication date
    27 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Los Angeles
    Author Information
    After beginning his working life as a Janitor, Allan Hamilton, went on to attend Harvard Medical School and became the cheif of neurosurgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.