~ Articles on Transitional Medicine ~
Ths page contains links to articles and additional
resources for those who are interested in learning more about the process
or help fo illustrate the process we have termed Transitional
Medicine. Transitional Medicine as defined it on Journey of
Hearts™ combines the best of
medicine, psychiatry or counseling, and complementary therapies to provide
resources and support in the grieving process of going from loss through
a transition to eventually reach healing following a loss or a life-changing
event.This term describes an area of medicine long neglected—an area that
is "stuck" between traditional medical and traditional psychiatric practices;
this is the area where the topics of grief and loss seem to get "lost."
It also includes aspects of Psychoneuroimmunology
recognizing that the mind can and does play a significant role in the disease
and healing processes.
With Transitional Medicine a person is educated
about the "normal" grief response, including what to anticipate in the
transformational process that occurs following a loss. In addition, the
grieving person is encouraged to draw upon or discover their internal source
of strength to help them through the grief reaction as well as being taught
healthy ways of coping with the loss.
The articles selected for inclusion on this section
explore some of the aspects of Transitional Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology,
Adjunctive Therapies, and Learning to "Let Go" of patients professionally.
Several of the articles have been previously published in medical journals,
medical magazines or online. Others were used as part of the AMSA presentation
"Dealing with Death and
Dying in Medical Education and Practice." Others were part of the
syllabus developed for the Somatic Aspects
of Loss and Grief course taught for University of California Berkeley
It is imperative that
physicians remember to treat not only the disease,
but also the person behind
If we can connect with
the person, not just the patient,
we can impact both the
disease and the person.
Kirsti A. Dyer,
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911 Page for links to immediate resources
if you are feeling helpless,
hopeless, overwhelmingly depressed, or suicidal.
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