The doctor patient relationship, although tending to be marginalized by every new therapeutic and radiological response, is still vitally important, and at the heart of every medical interaction.

   As physicians we’re taught awareness of social factors such as poverty, isolation, divorce and recent family death. We’re screening for mental illness and the ubiquitous stress in the 10-minute consult. All this is essential, however in the same way that medical screening and therapeutics are constantly evolving, the doctor patient relationship must always improve.
I teach how we, as doctors, can glean more information in our patient encounters. By this I mean reaching diagnosis more accurately and quickly, and increased ability to access ‘the big picture’ in the patients’ health.

   The ability to reach this integrative, holistic picture is reached through training to be in touch with what could be called ‘gut feeling’, or ‘intuition’. This is separate from the experience and knowledge base that all practitioners build over time. There is a science to this, a subject on which I am a published author. As doctors, we have scientific training and minds, and this practical information is vital to the understanding and assimilation of the fore mentioned process. A small part of this process is ‘mindfulness’, a concept with which many are increasingly familiar. I bring the science and explanation of the working dynamics to this popular concept.

   Recent medical advance have come through conversations between different therapeutic disciplines. DNA was discovered through collaboration of biophysicist Crick and biologist Watson. MRI scanning by American chemist Lauterbur and British physicist Mansfield. Neuro-cadio-endochrinology is giving us wonderful information. Interdisciplinary research is given prominence in many universities.

   In my case I combine biology, physiology and quantum physics with my 25 years clinical experience as a family doctor.

   For many years we’ve talked of patients being more than numbers in the system, however they still tend to be pigeon- holed according to the diagnosis, leading to automated tests and medications. However in my practice experience I have never met a patient who did not desire to be seen as a ‘whole person’. This yearning for wholeness and the need to be seen as complete is of course at the heart of human condition, but never more than for those ill and suffering. This, and the science behind it, is what I teach.