Paul Tournier

About Paul Tournier

Who is it?: Physician
Birth Day: May 18, 1898
Birth Place: Geneva, Swiss

Paul Tournier

Paul Tournier was born on May 18, 2012 in Geneva, Swiss, is Physician. Paul Tournier was a Swiss physician and author; he is regarded as the twentieth century's most famous Christian physician. Paul Tournier was well-known for his spiritual and psychosocial approach towards treatment. He had a difficult childhood as he lost both his parents at an early age and was raised by his uncle and aunt. He became a Christian at the age of 12 and was actively involved in the activities of the church. Upon beginning his career as a doctor, he emphasized on the holistic treatment of patients by not only treating physical troubles but listening to the associated emotional and spiritual aspects. This mode of psychosomatic treatment had still not gained popularity at the time. He was renowned for his gift of healing and often doctors would refer patients to him they could heal, and they responded to his treatment. Paul Tournier authored several books in this subject and his books have later been translated in more than 13 languages. His works had great influence in the spiritual and psychosocial treatment of patients.
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🎂 Paul Tournier - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

When Paul Tournier die, Paul Tournier was 88 years old.

Popular As Paul Tournier
Occupation Physicians
Age 88 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Born May 18, 1898 (Geneva, Swiss)
Birthday May 18
Town/City Geneva, Swiss
Nationality Swiss

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Paul Tournier’s zodiac sign is Gemini. According to astrologers, Gemini is expressive and quick-witted, it represents two different personalities in one and you will never be sure which one you will face. They are sociable, communicative and ready for fun, with a tendency to suddenly get serious, thoughtful and restless. They are fascinated with the world itself, extremely curious, with a constant feeling that there is not enough time to experience everything they want to see.

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Medicine of the Person is not just another branch of medicine. It is an attitude towards contact, an approach to patient-care, applicable in all areas. It puts the emphasis on awareness of patients as whole persons, with places in their community and society. Both the organic and the psychological approach are integral parts of Medicine of the Person, as is consideration of the connection between state of health, life events, social insertion and spirituality.



In 1923 Tournier received an M.D. degree at the University of Geneva. During his student years he acted as the Swiss President of the student movement Zofingia and became a Red Cross delegate for the repatriation of Austrian and Russian prisoners of war in Vienna.


Through 1924 Tournier was assistant medical Doctor at the Medical Polyclinic in Geneva under Prof. Bickel. In 1925 Tournier opened a private practice in Geneva and started operating as general medical practitioner.


Tournier became increasingly interested in Calvinism and the Reformed faith, and was heavily involved in civic and medical groups. In 1932 he joined the Oxford Group. As a result of his interests he investigated the relationship between Medicine, counseling, and spiritual values. Although he initially considered giving up Medicine for counseling, he finally decided to combine the two, and in 1937 he transformed his private medical practice into a counseling practice.


This encounter caused him to radically change his medical practice. Instead of merely treating the physical disorders of his patients, he started addressing the deeper problems of the whole person. In 1937 he wrote a letter to all his patients informing them of this new orientation.


In 1940 he published his first book Médecine de la Personne (trans. The Healing of Persons), which was dedicated to Frank Buchman, the founder of the Oxford Group, wherein he advocates that man is more than just body and a mind, he is also a spiritual being. This combination is what makes man a person. Therefore, it is impossible to know and treat him if one disregards his deepest reality. After the success of Médecine de la Personne he became a prolific Writer of books dealing with the subject. Although he did not have any formal training in psychiatry or theology, his writing has influenced a generation of medical and religious professionals the world over. His books would eventually be translated into thirteen languages.


Around 1946 he disassociated himself from the Oxford Group (now called Moral Re-Armament). He would eventually (in 1982) reconcile with the group (renamed again as Initiatives of Change).


Psychosomatic Medicine was still in its infancy, and Tournier observed that the contemporary approach to illness was purely organic and failed to consider the patient as a whole. Tournier saw the need to consider not only the physical aspects of health, but also the psychological and spiritual dimensions. He therefore invited medical colleagues from a variety of fields and a number of Philosophers to reflect on this with him. 1947 marked the first meeting of this international study group called Médecine de La Personne, and which has met annually ever since. According to the group:


Two religious experiences would underlie Tournier’s later work. When he was 12, he became a Christian. As he grew up he became active in the church, started writing articles about Calvinism, and argued for orthodoxy and against liberalism. His Christian experience did not, however, become totally meaningful to him until a second experience, which he called a “face-to-face encounter with God”. This encounter transformed his life and changed everything, and gave him a vital interest in “that other side of life, for its inner dimension, so necessary to us."

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