Letters to the Editor

Letter: 'Healing and feeling' alive in Lowcountry

Your Oct. 3 issue that featured Rabbi Brad Bloom's column "Hospitals should treat the heart and soul as well as the body" was timely. I am a witness, having recently spent a week of care at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Thanks to the referring doctor, Rosalind Dawson, and hospitalist Edward McNeil, of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, my journey toward healing included more than technology.

A similar sentiment was expressed a few days ago at a conference in Atlanta celebrating the 100th anniversary of reporting such things. Dr. Louis Sullivan, former U.S. secretary of health and human services and president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine, agrees with Dr. McNeil and me. As participant and observer, there are objective studies showing that health is helped along when there is mutual trust and respect between patient and doctor.

Much more needs to be shared about healing and feeling. The historic Beaufort region and Lowcountry South Carolina are rich with spiritual stories in this regard.

Delo E. Washington

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