Revilla Doyle, at the age of 41, was disabled by exploratory
surgery. With the stroke of a knife, neurosurgery left her
a "walking" quadriplegic. Diagnosed with an inoperable
spinal cord tumor, a rare progressive condition, the medical
prognosis was grim. Western medicine offered no cure, yet
she has endured and survived. Her personal odyssey has been
a quest for healing and knowledge that transcends disability.
It has taken her from Johns Hopkins University Hospital to
Milan, Italy, from Sloan-Kettering to non-traditional healers
My father said, “Gloria, you are going back to the
Middle Ages.” “They built beautiful cathedrals
in the Middle Ages,” I answered.
The son of old friends, a young cardiology resident at Massachusetts
General Hospital, recently proclaimed in conversation, “Do
you know how little we doctors actually know!”