Introducing Phoebe, M.D.

s5000022.JPGI have a colleague who works with me at my clinic. Her name is Phoebe. She’s pretty small, with soft blond hair and dark eyes. Only about 12 pounds. She is an M.D. –Medical Dog, that is. Sometimes I call her my blond receptionist, but that’s just a joke between us. She knows she’s the only one in the building who is really an M.D. The rest of us are just Licensed practitioners of things like Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, and Psychology.

What makes her an M.D.? Well, the other day my disabled neighbor fell and knocked herself out cold. Phoebe, who was the only one there to help, licked her back to consciousness. Since then we’ve called her a medical dog. When Phoebe was only 9 months old, this same neighbor who is also profoundly deaf was getting out of the shower and didn’t hear that someone was knocking on the front door. Phoebe, who happened to be visiting, took a hold of her bathrobe and led her all the way through the house to the door.

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Didi Pershouse Reading in Chelsea, Vermont, January 10th

I will be giving a reading from my latest manuscript at the Chelsea Public Library on January 10th, at 7 PM. The upcoming book is about my work in homeopathy–which connects patients’ language and gestures with the medicines they need. It is also about my family’s history in radical medicine. My grandfather and great grandfather were both pioneers: one in radiation therapy (working with Marie Curie) and the other in Neurosurgery—discovering the seat of memory by removing part of an epileptic’s brain. I found myself inspired by and also reacting against this legacy—and thus became a pioneer in alternative medicine myself.

There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.
Hope to see you there.

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