This drawing considers how healers’ abilities to help patients grow come from their partnerships with patients and from their capacity for self-care.
Figure. The Heart and the Hands
Stabilo point 88 pen on Leuchtturm 1917 Whitelines Link smart notebook.
An anatomical heart represents clinicians’ years of learning to respond to patients’ illness and injury and to practice healing. Union of heart and hands remind us that, when caring for an individual, a healer must see the patient as a whole human person, not as a set of signs and symptoms. A healer’s humanity must also be attended to with diligence and care. This drawing suggests holistic unity of both patients’ and clinicians’ wellness: hand in heart, heart in hand.