Larry Dossey, MD, is the author of 12 books on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health care. His most recent book, One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters, shows that our consciousness is infinite, immortal, and one with all other minds.
A distinguished Texas physician deeply rooted in the scientific world, Dossey has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in health care. Bringing the experience of a practicing internist and the soul of a poet to the discourse, Dossey offers panoramic insight into the nature and the future of medicine.
After graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Dossey worked as a pharmacist while earning his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1967. Before completing his residency in internal medicine, he served as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor. Dossey later helped establish the Dallas Diagnostic Association, the largest group of internal medicine practitioners in that city, and was chief of staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital in 1982.
An education steeped in traditional Western medicine did not prepare Dossey for patients who experienced “miracle cures,” remissions that clinical medicine could not explain. “Almost all physicians possess a lavish list of strange happenings unexplainable by normal science,” Dossey says. “A tally of these events would demonstrate, I am convinced, that medical science not only has not had the last word, it has hardly had the first word on how the world works, especially when the mind is involved.”