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Healing Through Storytelling by Melissa Zook
The practice of medicine is based on the physician’s ability to gather story from the patient. Our story is our human identity and our humanity. It is also the gateway through which we enter into a relationship with our physician and how be begin the journey to healing ourselves. Appalachia is a birthplace of story-telling through music, through preaching, through food, through craft. Centuries of melancholia and darkness linger over these mountains and the Appalachia I know is a dangerous place for women. The people of the counties I serve have the shortest life expectancy in the nation. No where is there greater need for my skills and knowledge as a physician.
Dr. Melissa Zook and Artist Danielle Hark