On Being with Krista Tippett

Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen

The Difference Between Curing and Healing

Last Updated

April 8, 2020


An excerpt of Krista Tippett’s beloved conversation with Dr. Remen, a pioneer in the “human agenda” in medicine. The basic qualities of the Hippocratic Oath are not scientific qualities, she says, but spiritual qualities of human response and connection: harmlessness, service, reverence for life, courage, and love. And the power to help — to be a healing presence — is not dependent on the power to cure. “We burn out not because we don’t care, but because we don’t grieve.”

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