Richard Gunderman, Brian LeLand, ‘Touch creates a healing bond in health care’,, The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited (May 24, 2016).

Sustaining life

Despite the rise of scanners, robots and other new medical technologies, the physician’s hand remains one of medicine’s most valuable diagnostic tools. (…) For thousands of years, touch has been recognized as an essential part of the healing arts. (…) Touch offers no vitamins or calories, yet it plays a vital role in sustaining life. (…) The notion that touch can reassure and comfort has a scientific basis.