The Doctor Will See You—Anytime!
A slight cut to your finger does not require a trip to your local ER. From personal experience we know our body mysteriously has its own Emergency Room that immediately will begin to treat the injured finger. We may use a little Hydrogen Peroxide or a Band-Aid, but regardless it slowly will heal and new skin will cover the wound. Yet a physician was invisibly involved in this healing!
Doctor Albert Schweitzer spoke of that physician: “Within every patient there resides a doctor, and we as physicians are at our best when we put our patients in touch with the doctor inside themselves.” Medical drugs and physicians heal by working with that personal physician who dwells within us. One way to visualize this inner healer is to reflect on this quote by Jonathan Swift, “The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet and Doctor Merryman.”
Doctor Good Diet, in concert with your personal trainer Daily Exercise, cooperates with your inner physician in maintaining your wellness. While the curative skills of Doctor Quiet are legendary, being his patient requires patience! It also demands the self-discipline to stop and be still so that silence can work its remedial medicine. Tranquil quietness aids digestion, strengthens the body’s immune system and restores an ailing soul and body to health.
The Doctor Merryman’s healing is shown in a story about the first century A.D. Greek physician Galen whose practice was in Rome. He was called to attend to the wife of a Roman aristocrat whose doctor had unsuccessfully been treating her for an organic complaint. While taking her pulse Galen mentioned the name of an actor with whom gossip had linked her name—at once her pulse rate increased! Leaning down Galen whispered in her ear, and she broke into laugher…and that merry laughter commenced the healing of her affliction. It’s been said that this was an early instance of psychiatric treatment for a psychosomatic illness.
Whimsical Doctor Merryman says a major benefit today of your inner physician is that he or she doesn’t charge a fee! Then he’d tell a story about King George III of England who suffered from a variety of afflictions (besides his disloyal rebel American colonists) and who also disliked the court physician, Reverend Francis Willis. On one of his visits King George, noticing Willis was in black attire and referring to his previous time in the clergy, asked him, “Do you prefer medicine to preaching?” When Willis answered, “Your majesty, our Savior himself went about healing the sick.” King George retorted, “Yes, yes, but he did not get seven hundred pounds a year for doing it.”