Skya Abbate Writes, Bind Each Other's Wounds, Spirituality in Clinical Medicine

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Skya Abbate writes book on the roll of doctor/patient interaction in healing, and the importance of spirituality in clinical medicine.

Holy Fire Publishing releases Bind Each Other's Wounds (Paperback, US$24.95, ISBN#978-1-60383-135-2). Skya Abbate writes poetic reflection on the holiness of human life and how to respect and safeguard it through the spiritual practice of clinical medicine.

"All healthcare providers have the sacred responsibility to care for and nourish life in all its manifestations. In these ten short chapters the principles of medical ethics are illustrated through discussions on the nature of illness, the role of the doctor/practitioner in the healing process, the importance of the clinical encounter in the interview and delivering the diagnosis and prognosis, and the value of touch and prayer in healthcare […] I am passionate about as it pertains to the book -- I am passionate about the importance of the relationship between the practitioner and the patient. Every bit of interaction between them is part of the healing process and as such is significant, spiritual and not casual." -- Skya Abbate

"In medicine as in life each of us takes a journey. In this simple book Skya's twenty-five years of clinical experience and teaching illuminates the discoveries that she has made on that journey. Her willingness to work through diagnostic and treatment techniques in her previous books, to an understanding of the patient/practitioner relationship in this text, epitomizes her understanding of the essence of healing. Her grasp of medicine is only matched by her passion for it and her compassionate treatment of human life." -- Anthony Abbate, President, Southwest Acupuncture College

  • Over 3000 patients hospitalized with blood infections who were prayed for had significantly shorter hospital stays, decreased fever duration and mortality rates when one of the divided randomized groups received intercessory prayer compared with the control group.
  • In a rigorous study conducted in Seoul, Korea, by Dr. Rogerio A. Lobo, MD, Columbia School of Medicine, NY, reported a double pregnancy rate, more than the normal in vitro rate obtained by the clinic, and surprisingly obtained when various Christian groups in several countries said intercessory prayer. Neither the women in the studies nor their caregivers knew of the prayers.

Skya Abbate, 57, lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Anthony Abbate, DOM. Skya Abbate holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Sociology (Salve Regina College, summa cum laude, class valedictorian, and the University of Rhode Island), and diplomas from the Institute of Traditional Medicine and the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Beijing, China). She is a medical sociologist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (NM), and is a teacher, clinician and executive director of Southwest Acupuncture College. Skya Abbate has held state and national positions in the field, authored six books, many journal articles, award winning poems, short stories and catechetical pieces. She is active in her church in liturgical and leadership ministries. She will speak in Tel Aviv in 2010 to Israeli acupuncturists. Please contact Skya Abbate at Skya at acupuncturecollege dot edu

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