The Best Medicine

The great hug

This is a sculpture of a Mom hugging her child. It's in the lobby of my hospital, and that's a great place for it. It reminds everybody that there is NOTHING better than a hug, no matter how old you are, to make you feel better. Hugs are better than a bazillion pills, and they're great things to get even when you don't feel bad. I think that all the hugs I got in the hospital helped my medicine work the way it was supposed to. 

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: November 14, 2004