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The Scalpel and the Soul

The Scalpel and the Soul

Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope

by Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS

  • Reviewed by The Editors on June 1, 2008

    Hamilton’s training at Harvard Medical School did not prepare him to address patients’ spiritual crises and questions; in his thirty years of treating patients with lifethreatening illnesses, however, the influence of spirit and soul has become evident. His patients’ neardeath experiences, visions, premonitions, and synchronistic experiences transformed Hamilton from a man whose spiritual awareness had “pretty much fallen by the wayside” to one who now fully believes “that all of us are connected to a power far greater than ourselves.” Although some physicians have privately confided in Hamilton their own startling stories, more of them wonder why he is talking about this at all. The Scalpel and the Soul is not only a fascinating read but also a doctor’s courageous testimony to his own spiritual journey and those of his patients. “This is happening every single day in every single hospital,” he says. In the end, it was for his patients, and because of his patients, that Hamilton wrote this book.

    Review published in Shift magazine

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