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Dr. Bernie S. Siegel

Bernie S. Siegel, MD, is a well-known proponent of integrative and holistic approaches to healing that heal not just the body but also the mind and soul. Bernie, as his friends and patients call him, attended Colgate University and studied medicine at Cornell University Medical College. His surgical training took place at Yale–New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veterans Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In 1978 Bernie pioneered a new approach to group and individual cancer therapy called Exceptional Cancer Patients (ECaP), which utilized patients’ drawings, dreams, and feelings, and he broke new ground in facilitating important patient lifestyle changes and engaging the patient in the healing process.

Bernie retired from his general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989. Always a strong advocate for his patients, he has since dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment’s approach to patients and empowering patients to play a vital role in the process of self-induced healing to achieve their greatest potential. He continues to run support groups and is an active speaker, traveling around the world to address patient and caregiver groups. As the author of several books — including Love, Medicine & Miracles; Peace, Love & Healing; How to Live between Office Visits; 365 Prescriptions for the Soul; Faith, Hope & Healing; and A Book of Miracles — Bernie has been at the forefront of spiritual and medical ethics issues of our day. He has been named one of the top twenty Spiritually Influential Living People by Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine (London). Bernie and his wife (and occasional coauthor), Bobbie, live in a suburb of New Haven, Connecticut. They have five children, eight grandchildren, four cats, two dogs, and much love. Visit his website at

Love Lessons: A talk with Dr. Bernie S. Siegel and Cynthia J. Hurn

Cynthia: In the new book Love, Animals & Miracles, Bernie, we revealed a side of your life that many people didn’t know...

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A Talk with Bernie Siegel

What is a miracle?

Life is a miracle. What cannot be explained by science is a miracle. We cannot explain the origin of our universe and life so it is all a miracle derived from loving, intelligent, conscious energy. It also lets...

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The Gift of Love

A teenager complained that her grandmother’s house did not have a full-length mirror to see how she looked. Her grandmother responded by saying, “If you want to see how beautiful you are, come here and look in my eyes.”

I believe love is...

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101 Exercises for the Soul - An Excerpt

As we get older, it is important to maintain a childlike sense of humor and to let your inner child express itself; otherwise, life can become oppressive and difficult. I know from experience how easy it is to focus on what is troubling me rather than on what heals and...

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The Invisible Language of Our Bodies

An article byBernie Siegel, MD, and author of The Art of Healing

“Paradoxically, although our brain waves are active during REM sleep,...

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Prescriptions for the Soul

Bestselling author Dr. Bernie Siegel is a well-known proponent of alternative approaches to healing not just for the body, but the mind and soul as well. In 365 Prescriptions for the Soul: Daily Words for Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit he prescribes daily doses...

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