Prof. Presentation of the book "The Human Factor" by Aleksander Krisčiūnas
Aleksandras Krisčiūnas, a well-known rehabilitator, former head of the Kaunas Medical University Rehabilitation Clinic, chairman of the board of the Lithuanian Association of Rehabilitators, member of the Medical Council of the World Association of Rehabilitators, says that two investments in life pay off: in knowledge and in health.
In his new book, the professor for the first time put together a holistic picture of health: what helps a person feel healthy and what harms it. In the chapter "Sword of Damocles" he teaches the potential dangers related to our living environment, diet, communication, daily routine, movement and finally explains that we need to be aware of health risks, but with his characteristic humor reminds us that we should not be afraid of them and live happily . Based on scientific research and his 60 years of medical experience, the author clearly states that emotional state, relationships, and social environment, i.e. everything that is described by the word happiness, are no less important for health than movement and nutrition. Prof. A.Kriščiūnas admits that each of us may lose our health one day and teaches how to live a full life even if the physical condition is not ideal, how important the help of doctors and relatives is and what responsibility lies with the patient himself. All statements are grouped and arranged into sets of practical advice for every situation and enriched with witty quotes.
Half jokingly, Prof. Aleksandras Krisčiūnas quotes a phrase that supposedly infuriates drug manufacturers: "Movement can replace all drugs, but there is no drug that can replace movement." The rehabilitator is happy with scientific achievements in the field of health recovery, comments from the academic side on alternative methods of treatment - Ayurveda, hypnosis, homeopathy, meditation, breathing exercises, but admits that the human part of the treatment could be significantly better.
Prof. A.Kriščiūnas calls himself "disloyal" and in the last part of the book "Without Censorship", when talking about the creation of rehabilitation, he not only warmly mentions the colleagues he worked with, but also boldly eats the facts about potentially non-transparent decisions in the health system, which reduce the opportunities for patients to return to a full-fledged life , because rehabilitation is not "profitable" for medical institutions. Both in the book and in his work, the professor emphasized that rehabilitation costs the state less than maintaining the disabled, not to mention the humanity and approach to nurturing the only life given to us. Unfortunately, he repeatedly had to observe the indifferent faces of the heads of medical institutions and civil servants when talking about the need to create a western rehabilitation system in our country. "The level of rehabilitation shows the level of humanism in society," reads the book's epilogue.