Unique Self and the Future of Medicine
by Venodhar Rao Julapalli, M.D. and Vinay Rao Julapalli, M.D., F.A.C.C.
There is a dire need for the integration of the art, science, and morality of medicine. This paper explores the deep implications of the Unique Self in integrating medicine. Co-authors and physicians Venu and Vinay Julapalli call on their extensive understanding of the promises and pitfalls of modern health care to reconceive the practice of medicine.
The paper provides the framework to evolve medicine through the emergent Unique Self insight. At stake is no less than the future of how we care for ourselves and each other.
Medicine is at a critical crossroads in its evolution from antiquity to our modern age. This article aims to reconceive the future of medicine. Key to this conception is an understanding of the evolution of individual development. To this end, the discussion will first outline the stations of the selves, on the path to what has been termed the Unique Self by spiritual thinker Marc Gafni. Next, the discussion will distinguish between two poles of development and outlook, in order to understand how the insight of Unique Self integrates these dualities. It will then view the Unique Self from three perspectives, or four quadrants, of reality and also illustrate how Unique Self appreciates the balance between part and whole. The discussion will subsequently correlate the stations of the selves with the history of medicine and further examine dualities in medicine that parallel those of the self . It will then elucidate how an understanding of Unique Self fundamentally shifts our envisioning of the practice of medicine. This shift renews the unique calling that is the art and science of healing.
About Dr. Venu Julapalli, M.D.
Dr. Venu Julapalli is founder and president of Integral Gastroenterology Center, P.A., an active private practice in gastroenterology in Houston, Texas. Inspired by the works of Ken Wilber, he started his practice in 2005 with a passion to bring an integral approach to patient care. With extensive experience on the front line of the American health care system, he has engaged in the best of what modern medicine can offer and lamented the vast flatland of unconscious healthcare. He is the co-founder of the Health 3.0 movement, whose mission is to consciously co-evolve the practice of medicine.
About Dr. Vinay Julapalli, M.D.
Dr. Vinay Julapalli is founder of Integral Cardiovascular Center, PLLC and co-founder of the Health 3.0 movement. He has been active in private practice in cardiology since 2008 and intends to integrally transform the future of medicine. He sees that healthcare is at a pivotal juncture in its transformation from acute care of disease to the promotion of wellness, a shift that can flourish only by transcending and including old paradigms through integrally informed and validated injunctions.