The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope

The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope


By (author) Allan J. Hamilton

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  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 2 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
  • ISBN 10: 1585427136
  • ISBN 13: 9781585427130
  • Sales rank: 358,198

Product description

A Harvard-educated neurosurgeon reveals his experiences--in and out of the operating room--with apparitions, angels, exorcism, after-death survival, and the miracle of hope. For the millions who have enjoyed "Proof of Heaven," "Heaven is Real," "To Heaven and Back," and "Getting to Heaven"--an inspiring tale from where the veil between life and death is often at its thinnest. "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 and empowers patients to voice their spiritual needs when they seek medical help. Finally, it addresses the mysterious, attractive powers the soul exerts during life-threatening events.

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"Funny, irreverent, earthy, big-hearted, honest, real." -"Family Circle" online "Books of the Month" Review "Allan Hamilton is a natural storyteller. His real-life experiences remind us that patients and surgeons can share in a spiritual transformation during the course of battling disease." -Linda Klein, R.N., producer of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Nip/Tuck" "His observations and insights push the limits of current scientific knowledge as he attempts to bring some rational thought to the unexplainable." -Richard Carmona, M.D., MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States "A moving account of what can happen when a doctor opens his heart and his eyes to life's spiritual lessons and to the mystery that thrives amidst the terror and trauma of life-threatening illness." -Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of "Help Me to Heal" and "Prescriptions for Living"