Do You Believe In Miracles? These Doctors Do!

I am thrilled to share a groundbreaking book and interview with you today!  I encourage you to get a copy and read it.  The book, edited by Harley Rotbart, MD, Miracles We Have Seen, will inspire and uplift you. It was so exceptional, I read it as slowly as possible.  I wanted to extend the joy of reading as long as I could.

I wish a book like this was available to me during my medical school career. We didn’t use the “M” word in medicine.  Miracles are called something else-spontaneous remissions.  The inexplicable disappearance of disease and the restoration of health.

Click here to listen to my interview with Dr. Rotbart.

In Miracles We Have Seen – America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget ,Dr. Harley A. Rotbart shares a collection of  essays written by physicians, including deans and associate deans of medical schools, academic department heads at leading university medical centers, and national opinion leaders in an array of medical specialties. These astonishing, first-person essays are written in everyday language for the revel of all readers, and depict medical outcomes that defied all expectations and, in some cases, science itself.

Dr. Rotbart shares, “Occasionally in the course of caring for our patients, we encounter events that truly stun us. Unforgettable occurrences…far exceeding the wide berth we are trained to allow for surprise.” His collection of miracles tells stories of impossible cures, miraculous timing, and recoveries from hearts stopped longer than survivable, catastrophic injuries, and freak accidents and occurrences, including:

  • A nine-year-old boy who was decapitated in a horrific car accident but survived without neurological damage.
  • A woman who conceived and delivered a healthy baby – despite having had both of her fallopian tubes surgically removed.
  • A young man whose only hope for survival was a heart transplant, but just as he developed a potentially fatal complication making a transplant impossible, his own heart began healing itself.

As the physicians recount their very personal reactions to these remarkable clinical experiences, it is apparent that while some miracles are more emotional than physical, the event left a lasting imprint. In most instances says Rotbart, the miracles actually directed them in their choice of specialty and has influenced much of their professional decision-making throughout their careers.

Although Miracles We Have Seen gives special insight into the lives and souls of doctors and how the miracles have affected them and their patients, Rotbart notes, “While faith and prayer certainly play an important role in many of our patients’ lives, as well as in some of the vignettes in this compilation, this is not a book about religion. Rather, this is a book about optimism and inspiration…what we don’t know or don’t understand isn’t necessarily cause for fear, and can even be reason for hope.”

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