Learning To Heal with Author Ed Cohen

After an emergency surgery that saved his life, Ed Cohen had a spontaneous healing experience that prompted him to ask the question: Why doesn’t medicine know about healing? In this episode Ed explores how Western medicine turned from an “art of healing” toward a “science of medicine” and how this shift has affected both medical practitioners and their patients.

Ed Cohen has a Ph.D. in Modern Thought from Stanford, and for the last three decades, has been an award-winning professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of On Learning To Heal, or What Medicine Doesn’t Know and A Body Worth Defending. 

In this episode, Ed discusses:
  • His diagnosis with acute Crohn’s disease at the age of 13
  • The surprising origin of the concept of immunity
  • How having a chronic illness inspired him to understand healing
  • His spontaneous post-surgery healing experience 
  • His desire to understand why medicine doesn’t know about healing
  • The difference between healing and curing
  • The concept of disease
  • The history and evolution of medicine 
  • How his healing journey changed him
  • The relationship between desiring to heal and being willing to learn
  • How we are more than we imagine
  • How he helps those struggling with chronic illness reframe their difficult circumstances

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