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Dr Michael Dixon, our chair, says paper written on Integrated approach to health by King Charles III in 2012 was ‘ahead of its time’

The College of Medicine’s Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, has praised a paper written by our patron, King Charles III, in 2012 on Integrated Health as ‘forward thinking’ and has invited our members to re-read it.

The paper, entitled ‘Integrated health and post modern medicine‘, was written and published when the monarch was HRH Prince of Wales.

It came following a speech given to The College of Medicine on the 3rd May 2012 at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

The paper discussed the importance of empowering patients to take control of their own health and suggested that there needed to be a union between conventional medicine and other approaches to health for optimum care.

The College of Medicine’s Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, has invited members to rediscover a paper written by King Charles III, our patron, on Integrated Health from 2012 – calling the Monarch’s observations ‘ahead of their time’

He wrote: ‘Surely, it should not be a case of ‘either/or’? It seems to me that good medicine should aim for a better balance between what science and technology may demand and what patients may actually want and need.’

In the paper, the King also called for a more holistic approach to health, writing: ‘There can never have been a better time for all clinicians to emphasize the value of caring, continuing relationships and of adopting a more holistic approach to health and disease – a human approach, if you like, which maximizes the potential of the physical and social environment, so that healing and better health can thrive?’

Dr Dixon reflected on the progressive approach of the paper, saying: “Now more than a decade old, the paper produced by the then HRH Prince of Wales, now King Charles III on Integrative Health in 2012 could have been published today, such is its foresight on the need for our health system to empower patients and encourage increased collaboration between conventional medicine and non bio-medical approaches for optimum care.”


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