The title of my commentary is from the rock opera Tommy. Tommy doesn’t ask for a high-tech medical cure for his disease. He isn’t interested in prescription drugs. He craves the simple human touch - a low-tech form of caring that has no negative side-effects. The healing power of the human touch is validated by scientific research. So, other than the fact that it doesn’t have an ICD-10 medical billing code, why don’t doctors and other caregivers like to touch their patients?

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  • Peter G. Holub, DPM, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


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