Julia Buckley needs a miracle.
Like one in five of the global population, she has a chronic pain condition. According to her doctors, it can't be cured. She doesn't believe them. She does believe in miracles, though. It's just a question of tracking one down.
Julia's search for a cure takes her on a global quest, exploring the boundaries between science, psychology and faith with practitioners on the fringes of conventional, traditional and alternative medicine. From neuroplastic brain rewiring in San Francisco to medical marijuana in Colorado, Haitian vodou rituals to Brazilian ‘spiritual surgery', from Chengdu's finest acupuncturist to Soweto's youngest sangoma, she's willing to try anything. Can miracles happen? And more importantly, what happens next if they do?
Raising vital questions about the modern medical system, this is also a story about identity in a system historically skewed against ‘hysterical' female patients, and the struggle to retain a sense of self under the medical gaze. HEAL ME explains why modern medicine's current approach to chronic pain is failing patients. It explores the importance of faith, hope and cynicism, and examines our relationships with our doctors, our beliefs and ourselves.
Julia Buckley is a freelance journalist and translator writing mainly for UK and US publications including National Geographic Traveller, Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Evening Standard and the Independent, where she was acting Head of Travel. She has lived in Italy and Las Vegas.
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