The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope

The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope

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by Allan J. Hamilton
     
 

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A Harvard-educated neurosurgeon reveals his experiences—in and out of the operating room—with apparitions, angels, exorcism, after-death survival, and the miracle of hope. For the millions who have enjoyed Proof of HeavenHeaven is Real, To Heaven and Back, and Getting to Heaven—an inspiring tale from where the

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A Harvard-educated neurosurgeon reveals his experiences—in and out of the operating room—with apparitions, angels, exorcism, after-death survival, and the miracle of hope. For the millions who have enjoyed Proof of HeavenHeaven is Real, To Heaven and Back, and Getting to Heaven—an inspiring tale from where the veil between life and death is often at its thinnest.

The Scalpel and the Soul explores how premonition, superstition, hope, and faith not only become factors in how patients feel but can change outcomes. It validates the spiritual manifestations physicians see every day and empowers patients to voice their spiritual needs when they seek medical help. Finally, it addresses the mysterious, attractive powers the soul exerts during life-threatening events.
 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Funny, irreverent, earthy, big-hearted, honest, real."
-Family Circle online "Books of the Month" Review

"Allan Hamilton is a natural storyteller. His real-life experiences remind us that patients and surgeons can share in a spiritual transformation during the course of battling disease."
-Linda Klein, R.N., producer of Grey's Anatomy and Nip/Tuck

"His observations and insights push the limits of current scientific knowledge as he attempts to bring some rational thought to the unexplainable."
-Richard Carmona, M.D., MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States

"A moving account of what can happen when a doctor opens his heart and his eyes to life's spiritual lessons and to the mystery that thrives amidst the terror and trauma of life-threatening illness."
-Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Help Me to Heal and Prescriptions for Living

Author Allan Hamilton is a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon who is especially attuned to sudden spiritual manifestations. During his 30 years in medicine, he has witnessed operating room occurrences perhaps best described as supernatural. In The Scalpel and the Soul, he shares stories of these miraculous visitations, which include appearances by ghosts and angels, as well as a Navaho exorcism. An intelligent look at the connections between spirit and well-being.
Publishers Weekly

Hamilton has led a remarkable life as a neurosurgeon. There are moments in this spiritual memoir when readers will wish he were their personal guide for the scariest of surgeries. In many ways, this is a story about "real" doctors as Hamilton understands them-people with exemplary bedside manners who not only make life-and-death decisions for the most vulnerable of the sick, but who have the vision (sometimes literally) to sit and listen as long as it takes, to take patients' hands, dealing with their questions and fears with the utmost gentleness and an eye toward the transcendent and supernatural. Readers will be moved by stories of former patients like "Thomas," a child burn victim with such a gift of spirit that he could manage joy despite his tragic condition, and "Donald," a brave man determined to live life to the fullest despite a vicious brain tumor. Hamilton's voice soars when he reflects directly on his experience as a brain surgeon, the bulk of which occurs (unfortunately) in the book's second half. In light of these high points, Hamilton's occasionally stumbling and awkward prose when straying from his patients' sides can seem jarring. (Mar. 13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585427130
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2009
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
254,701
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Funny, irreverent, earthy, big-hearted, honest, real."
-Family Circle online "Books of the Month" Review

"Allan Hamilton is a natural storyteller. His real-life experiences remind us that patients and surgeons can share in a spiritual transformation during the course of battling disease."
-Linda Klein, R.N., producer of Grey's Anatomy and Nip/Tuck

"His observations and insights push the limits of current scientific knowledge as he attempts to bring some rational thought to the unexplainable."
-Richard Carmona, M.D., MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States

"A moving account of what can happen when a doctor opens his heart and his eyes to life's spiritual lessons and to the mystery that thrives amidst the terror and trauma of life-threatening illness."
-Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Help Me to Heal and Prescriptions for Living

Meet the Author

After beginning his working life as a janitor, Allan J . Hamilton, M.D., FACS, went on to attend Harvard Medical School and to become the chief of neurosurgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He is currently a professor of neurosurgery and a clinical professor in the departments of Radiation Oncology and Psychology at AHSC. Hamilton has been a guest on NPR, has appeared on the Discovery Channel, and Anderson Cooper 360°, and has worked as a consultant for Grey's Anatomy.

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Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, quite literally, is amazing. Hamilton is a Dr. that you wish was your own, someone who deeply cares about not only healing you physically, but emotionally as well. It becomes apparent early on that Hamilton takes healing very seriously and has ideas in store for the reader that prepare the mind for dealing with the realm of the unknown that is medical care. This book is an ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY read for anyone who is battling cancer, or any loved ones. Some of the stories contain within the pages of 'The Scalpel and the Soul' are going to move you to tears, undoubtedly. Yet, you will finish the book feeling spiritually cleansed in a way. It's hard to explain, but this book really is astoundingly good and one that certainly should find it's way into your checkout cart immediately.
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LadyDJMarlena More than 1 year ago
If you're interested in the "after life" these true stories will excite you.
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This book written by a neurosurgeon shows the soul most clearly - in a scientific as well as a soulful way. The writer is a surgeon with great compassion and a deep understanding of his patients. It is a book that connects science and spiritual beliefs in such a positive and non-threatening way. I'd recommend it highly.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
my brother sent this book to our mom & i got to it before her...i am in the field of hospice & know what i've experienced with my patients...dr. hamilton is every patients wish for a doctor...he treats not only with his talent, but with is soul as well...