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Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology 2015, 81 3

Author: M. Eugene Tardy Jr.

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Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology ISSN: 1808-8694 revista@aborlccf.org.br Associação Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia CérvicoFacial Brasil Tardy Jr., M.
Eugene Until Mary Ellen held my hand.
’’ The critical importance of touch in medicine Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, vol.
81, núm.
3, 2015, pp.
229-230 Associação Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia Cérvico-Facial São Paulo, Brasil Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=392439573001 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Document downloaded from http:--bjorl.elsevier.es, day 16-06-2015.
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2015;81(3):229---230 Brazilian Journal of OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY www.bjorl.org EDITORIAL ‘‘Until Mary Ellen held my hand .’’ The critical importance of touch in medicine夽 ‘‘Até que Mary Ellen segurou a minha mão.’’ A importância vital do toque na medicina Sitting unnoticed on my office desk, and constantly growing in height, resides a stack of letters---different sizes and shapes, in handwriting and letterheads of all descriptions, distinguished by the repetitious theme constant in them all: ‘‘ .I was so very frightened when you were about to perform my surgery .until Mary Ellen held my hand.’’ In the early years of the practice of medicine I assumed these frequent testimonials were simply accolades targeted towards a splendid and unique surgical nurse, my long term partner in patient care, whose talents and caring interactions with patients in my experience is equaled by none.
Quite soon, however, I came to realize that the tactile courtesies my...





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