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Old 06-24-2017, 03:34 PM
sbunny8 sbunny8 is offline
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Location: Eugene, Oregon
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I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. But I think the strongest asset of a doctor from any century before the 20th was the ability to hold a patient's hand, make them feel like somebody cares whether about their health, and give the patient confidence that they would be healed. The human body will heal itself in the vast majority of illnesses. The doctor's job was to reassure the patient. They could also give some herbal remedies, which mostly work by the placebo effect, which again relies on confidence.