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'TOUCH MATTERS. REALLY MATTERS. IT IS A HIGHLY COMPLEX ACT, AND TOUCH HAS BECOME taboo. Touch someone's hand in error on the bus or train and both parties will recoil with hurried exclamations of 'sorry'. To touch someone has become an intimate act--generally limited to family, lovers, hairdressers and healthcare professionals. The very word carries significance. We say we are touched by an act when it moves us in a strongly positive emotional way. And all manner of other phrases have connotations that link touch to emotion--giving someone a shoulder to cry on, or saying 'you can lean on me,' 'hold on,' 'get a grip,' 'a hands on experience,' 'keeping in touch,' 'out of touch' and so on. For doctors, touch can be a vitally important part of our therapeutic armamentarium. I've lost count of the times that I've leant over and held someone's hand when they started to cry in the consulting room. Perhaps it is its rarity in contemporary society...
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Haslam, David. "The healing touch." The Practitioner, Mar. 2012, p. 31. Academic OneFile, Accessed 23 Oct. 2017.
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