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Perspective can bring calm

Advice from his Wits neurosurgery professor many years ago put Dr Gabriel Koz (MBBCh 1958) onto a winding path – literally – to a state of calm. That advice was to aim for two things: providing patients with excellent care; and being of service to the community.

Labyrinth at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, VA (USA)

Dr Koz, until recently Medical Director of Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, VA (USA), organised the funding and the volunteers to build a labyrinth in the grounds of the psychiatric hospital.

Following the paths marked out by low walls is a calming exercise, not a challenge like finding your way out of a maze.

A plaque on the labyrinth reads: “For centuries, the labyrinth has been used to promote healing, connection, community and peace.” 



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