Physician Larry Dossey, M.D.,,
deeply rooted in the scientific world, has become an
internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in
health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. Bringing the
experience of a practicing internist and the soul of a poet to
the discourse, Dr. Larry Dossey offers panoramic insight into
the nature and the future of medicine.
Upon graduating with honors from the University of Texas at
Austin, Dr. Dossey worked as a pharmacist while earning his M.D.
degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 1967. Before
completing his residency in internal medicine, he served as a
battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor.
Dr. Dossey helped establish the Dallas Diagnostic Association,
the largest group of internal medicine practitioners in that
city, and was Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital in
An education steeped in traditional Western medicine did not
prepare Dr. Dossey for patients who were blessed with
"miracle cures," remissions that clinical medicine
could not explain. "Almost all physicians possess a lavish
list of strange happenings unexplainable by normal
science," says Dr. Dossey. "A tally of these events
would demonstrate, I am convinced, that medical science not only
has not had the last word, it has hardly had the first word on
how the world works, especially when the mind is involved."
The author of nine books and numerous articles, Dr. Dossey is
the former Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most widely
subscribed-to journal in its field. The primary quality of all
of Dr. Dossey's work is scientific legitimacy, with an insistent
focus on "what the data show." As a result, his
colleagues in medical schools and hospitals all over the country
trust him, honor his message, and continually invite him to
share his insights with them. He has lectured all over the
world, including major medical schools and hospitals in the
United States --Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the
Universities of Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Texas,
Florida, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic.
The impact of Dr. Dossey's work has been remarkable. Before his
book Healing Words was published in 1993, only
three U.S. medical schools had courses devoted to exploring the
role of religious practice and prayer in health; currently,
nearly 80 medical schools have instituted such courses, many of
which utilize Dr. Dossey's works as textbooks. In his 1989 book Recovering
the Soul, he introduced the concept of "nonlocal
mind" -- mind unconfined to the brain and body, mind spread
infinitely throughout space and time. Since then, "nonlocal
mind" has been adopted by many leading scientists as an
emerging image of consciousness. Dr. Dossey's ever-deepening
explication of nonlocal mind provides a legitimate foundation
for the merging of spirit and medicine. The ramifications of
such a union are radical and call for no less than the
reinvention of medicine.
In 2013, Larry Dossey received the prestigious Visionary Award
that honors a pioneer whose visionary ideas have shaped
integrative healthcare and the medical profession.
Spirituality in Health and Healing
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