Synopses & Reviews
At last, the paperback edition of the monumental best-seller (almost half a million copies in print!) that has changed the way Americans think about sickness and health -- the companion volume to the landmark PBS series of the same name. In a remarkably short period of time, Bill Moyers's Healing And The Mind has become a touchstone, shaping the debate over alternative medical treatments and the role of the mind in illness and recovery in a way that few books have in recent memory. With almost half a million copies in print, it is already a classic -- the most widely read and influential book of its kind. In a series of fascinating interviews with world-renowned experts and laypeople alike, Bill Moyers explores the new mind/body medicine. Healing And The Mind shows how it is being practiced in the treatment of stress, chronic disease, and neonatal problems in several American hospitals; examines the chemical basis of emotions, and their potential for making us sick (and making us well); explores the fusion of traditional Chinese medicine with modern Western practices in contemporary China; and takes an up-close, personal look at alternative healing therapies, including a Massachusetts center that combines Eastern meditation and Western group therapy, and a California retreat for cancer patients who help each other even when a cure is impossible. Combining the incisive yet personal interview approach that made A World Of Ideas a feast for the mind and the provocative interplay of text and art that made The Power Of Myth a feast for the imagination, Healing And The Mind is a landmark work.
Table of Contents
The healing roles of doctor and patient / Thomas Delbanco -- The healing environment / Ron Anderson -- Healing and the community / David Smith -- Self-regulation and conditioning / Karen Olness -- Changing life habits / Dean Ornish -- Meditation / Jon Kabat-Zinn -- Stress reduction / John Zawacki -- Therapeutic support groups / David Spiegel -- The chemical communicators / Candace Pert -- Emotions and the immune system / Margaret Kemeny -- The brain and the immune system / David Felten -- Conditioned responses / Robert Ader -- Medicine in a mind/body culture ; Another way of seeing / David Eisenberg -- Healing / Michael Lerner -- Wholeness / Rachel Naomi Remen.