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Healing Lessons Hardcover – May 1, 1998

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316945099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316945097
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Winawer, a top cancer specialist, recounts his unexpected personal acquaintance with the disease when his beloved wife was diagnosed with stomach cancer. His being head of the Laboratory for Gastrointestinal Cancer Research at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital makes his revelations here all the more poignant. Winawer was forced to realize the limitations of traditional medicine, to look at the role emotions and alternative medicine can play in healing, and to reevaluate his method of practicing medicine. Beautifully relating the complexities of the experience of illness and the struggles of the human soul, Winawer's excellent book should be read by physicians and the general public alike. Recommended for public and medical libraries.?Kristine Benishek, Shank Memorial Lib., Good Samaritan Hosp., Dayton
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A true story of love and personal growth in which a conventional physician's world is turned upside down when his wife, diagnosed with a deadly cancer, begins exploring alternative medical therapies. Winawer, a gastrointestinal cancer specialist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, is aided in telling the story of his wife's fight for life by Taylor, whose A Necessary End (1994) described his own watch over his parents' final years. When, in early 1992, Winawer's wife, Andrea, was found to have a stomach cancer that had metastasized to her liver, Winawer found himself in a conflict between what his medical knowledge told him and what his wife needed to hear from him. Realizing that ``patients facing lethal disease have to find hope,'' and the start of hope is the belief that they can help themselves, he encouraged her to take control of her treatment plan.'' Against his colleagues' advice, he supported her decision to briefly postpone the initial surgeryshe was anorexic and wanted to gain some weighand her decision to try unconventional hyperthermia treatments before undergoing standard chemotherapy. Without her doctors' knowledge, he gave her injections of interferon and somatostatin when she decided to try them. During the next three and a half years, as Andrea went in and out of remission, she supplemented her standard medical treatments with relaxation and stress reduction techniques, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, exercise, meditation, and prayer. His love for his wife overcoming his reservations, Winawer not only supported her treatment decisions, but researched them for her and helped her carry them out. Convinced that Andrea's blend of conventional and complementary medical approaches enhanced the quality of her life and probably prolonged it, Winawer is now developing an integrative medicine program at Sloan-Kettering. A heartbreaking story that is not only a tribute to one woman's fighting spirit but gives testimony to the power of love to open the mind. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to those living with cancer and those who love them. This book reveals that those of us who care about someone with cancer, even a world-reknowned physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, are feeling many of the same emotions and drains. Sloan-Kettering is a wonderful hospital and Sid Winawer is amongst its many, many stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Fierlinger on November 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book days after discovering my father has stomach cancer. I am so greatful for this book. There are not many books that deal exclusively with gastric cancer and that is what made this book so important to me. For me it was good to go through the entire process of before diagnosis to death throught the voice and eyes of a top Gastroenterologist. I thought the book was a bit over the top with the descriptions of their wealth and fortunes. I also skipped over the religious/god bit. But overall I was truly touched with the descriptions of her death. With reagrd to the alternative treatments I suppose it discouraged me from waisting money on it. It helped me focus of what does work and the thought that hope is a powerful motivator. It gave me and idea of what to expect for my father and for that I am grateful.
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