Dr. David Hufford, Professer of Medical Humanities, illuminates the intersection of natural healing and mystical experiences in medicine. As alternative or ancient healing ideas penetrate into modern medical practice they're generally presented as medical discoveries rather than as confirmations of ancient wisdom. Additionally, academics have traditionally made a sharp distinction between mystical or spiritual aspects of belief or practice in healing and the rational, empirical methods. Dr. Hufford believes that's a mistake. Alternative or ancient beliefs and practices are the whole body and person, and natural, social and spiritual environments are a seamless part of the relationship.