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Bernie Siegel, M.D., who prefers to be called Bernie, not Dr. Siegel, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated with honors. His surgical training took place at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran's Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak to patients and their caregivers.
In 1978 Bernie originated "Exceptional Cancer Patients" (EcaP), a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patients' drawings, dreams, images and feelings. ECaP is based on "carefrontation," a safe, loving therapeutic confrontation, which facilitates personal lifestyle changes, personal empowerment and healing of the individual's life. The physical, spiritual, and psychological benefits that followed led to his desire to make everyone aware of his or her healing potential. He realized exceptional behavior is what we are all capable of.
In 1986, Bernie Siegel's first book, Love, Medicine & Miracles was published. This event redirected his life. In 1989, Peace, Love & Healing, and in 1993, How To Live Between Office Visitsfollowed. His realization that we all need help dealing with the difficulties of life, not just the physical ones, led him to writing his fourth book in 1998, Prescriptions for Living. It helps people to become aware of the eternal truths and wisdom of the sages through his stories and insights rather than await a personal disaster. He wants to help people fix their lives before they are broken, and thus not have to become strong at the broken places. Published in 2003 were Help Me To Heal, to empower patients and their caregivers, and 365 Prescriptions For The Soul. Smudge Bunny, published in 2004, a children's book about how difficulties can become blessings. In 2005, 101 Exercises For The Soul, and in the fall of 2006 a prescription for parenting book, Love, Magic & Mud Pies. Published in 2008, Buddy's Candle, for children of all ages, related to dealing with the loss of a loved one, be it a pet or parent, and to be published in 2009 Faith, Hope & Healing, with survivor stories and his reflections about what they teach us. He is currently working on other books with the goal of humanizing medical education and medical care, as well as, empowering patients and teaching survival behavior to enhance immune system competency.
Woody Allen once said, "If I had one wish it would be to be somebody else." Bernie's wish was to be a few inches taller. His work has been such a growth experience that he is now a few inches taller. His prediction is that in the next decade the role of consciousness, spirituality, non-local healing, body memory, and heart energy will all be explored as scientific subjects.
Bernie Siegel has touched many lives all over our planet. In 1978 he began talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. As a physician, who has cared for and counseled innumerable people who's mortality has been threatened by an illness, he embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our society grapples with today. He continues to assist in the breaking of new ground in the field of healing and personally struggling to live the message of kindness and love.
Bernie, and his wife and coworker Bobbie Siegel, live in a suburb of New Haven, Connecticut. They have five children and eight grandchildren. They have co-authored their children, books, and articles. Their home with its many children, pets, and interests resembled a cross between a family art gallery, museum, zoo and automobile repair shop. It still resembles these things, although the children are trying to improve its appearance in order to avoid embarrassment.
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