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ISBN-13: 978-1556438653 ISBN-10: 1556438656 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556438656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556438653
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Pip Waller's Holistic Anatomy is a welcome antidote to the outdated, nineteenth-century view of the human body as a series of replaceable mechanical parts. She joins with few others in beginning the necessary work of more accurately understanding the body as a closely coupled grouping of highly responsive, nonlinear organ systems. Such a change is essential to producing true healing for human beings rather than merely reducing symptoms and sending people on their way. It marks the movement toward a more human approach to healing, for this more accurate understanding of the human body moves us away from seeing people as organic machines and toward the ancient recognition that everything, including our bodies, is intelligent, alive, and aware.”
—Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth and The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature

Holistic Anatomy is a fascinating journey through the intricacies of the human body. It is fun, practical, and informative, giving a real understanding of the way the body works. It is also at the cutting edge of thought, offering a totally new way of relating the structures and systems within the body to the much wider world outside—to culture, spirituality, and the environment. Pick it up and enjoy the journey!”
—Lucy Harmer, author of Discovering Your Spirit Animal: The Wisdom of the Shamans and Shamanic Astrology: Understanding Your Spirit Animal Sign

“Open this book anywhere and read a paragraph; you'll want to read more. Keep reading—you'll enjoy yourself while finding out about the human body. You will also get a glimpse here and there from an unexpected perspective!”
—Eliot Cowan, author of Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants

“This startling book looks at anatomy, physiology, and pathology in a refreshing new way: holistically and in the context of life and culture.… Highly recommended.”
—Kath Antonis, medical herbalist, registered nurse, and clinical teacher

“I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who is even vaguely intrigued by the ‘how’ and ‘why’—and more importantly, the ‘what if’—of their existence …”
—Karen Chagouri, editor of In Touch magazine, holistic therapist, and doula

“This book is written in a style that is very easily understood, instead of just being factual information. It feels as though Pip is there with you explaining things to you in a way that really makes sense.”
—Phil Pepin, massage therapist

“Our miraculous bodies are spirit manifested as flesh, says Wales-based medical herbalist Pip Waller in her refreshing, holistic perspective on anatomy and physiology. Her book, which includes information that's not taught in medical schools, is an alternative to a medical textbook and is aimed at students of holistic medicine and energy healing as well as interested laypeople… This informative guide is easy to read with clear illustrations.”
Nexus Magazine

Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body provides a fine blend of anatomy, physiology and pathology to explore the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of how humans exist within and interact with their environment. Scientific terminology and detailed descriptions are woven with observations of life and health in a fine guide for any alternative health collection.”
Midwest Book Review

Holistic Anatomy is a breath of fresh air for anyone who is interested in the human body but isn’t quite ready for medical school… The book’s easy to use format makes it an important anatomy book for students, and healers within any holistic discipline. Pip Waller has a fantastic sense of humor, and the book is much more than a course in anatomy… Waller is warm and engaging and approaches many topics through her own lens… In short, this book is easy to read and reference and would complement any adult education anatomy course or home library. The text would also be useful for home school education as well as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and yoga education. I just wish Pip had written it ten years ago.”
—HealthyNewAge.com

About the Author

Pip Waller is a medical herbalist, massage therapist, and plant spirit medicine and shamanic practitioner. She has taught at the Blarney Centre of Acupuncture and Reflexology in Ireland and currently teaches at the Academy of Natural Health in London and at the Meridian School of Massage in Birmingham. She lives in Wales, UK.

More About the Author

Pip Waller is a medical herbalist and massage therapist who also practices plant spirit medicine and shamanic healing. She currently lives in North Wales, UK.
She has taught anatomy, physiology and pathology to students of natural medicine since 1991 with great success. Her teaching style, which is informal yet hugely informative, alternative yet vigorous, translates well to the written format it appears in in this book. This is Pip's first book, being published first in the UK in November 2008.

She has a fabulous son who is ten and is a very interesting character indeed.

The books website is www.holistcanatomy.com

she is currently working on a new book of 501 plant recipes, this book is coming out in the UK in February 2015
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Domestic-Alchemist-Herbal-Recipes-Happiness/dp/1782401431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416415168&sr=8-1&keywords=the+domestic+alchemist

and with a different title, it comes out in the US in march 2015...http://www.amazon.com/Herbal-Handbook-Home-Health-Cleaning/dp/1583948929/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416415291&sr=8-1&keywords=the+herbal+handbook+for+home+and+health+501

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I love Pip Waller's style of writing keeping it interesting and applicable all the way through.
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The clear explantions and diagrams as well as tons of snippets of related information make this book a pleasure to read straight through or randomly dip into.
Mrs. L. Brown
I was in great need to refresh my A&P knowledge and was looking for a book that had a holistic/alternative view of the body.
Susan H. Chapman

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan H. Chapman on March 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a registered nurse who specializes in CranioSacral Therapy. I was in great need to refresh my A&P knowledge and was looking for a book that had a holistic/alternative view of the body. This was the only book I could find through a Google search. At the time Holistic Anatomy was on the Amazon site but it had no copies(no place to click "add to cart"). So I bought my copy directly from Pip Waller. Thank You again Pip!
Fantastic modern approach to teaching anatomy and physiology. I am a more "right brain" leaner and this book has bridged synapses in my brain that in the past met a brick wall when it came to studying the human body and its parts.
Bravo to Pip for creating an enjoyable and up to date global understanding of the body...(body, mind, spirit connection).
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Natasha B. on April 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I did not learn anything new from this book. It may be a good basic science introduction to someone just starting their holistic health research/ journey. For others, the book will lack depth. It brings up interesting holistic points in a sentence with little to no elaboration, like bullet point tidbits that leave you asking "why" and "tell me more." I constantly said "I've heard that, but I need to find other books/ sites for more detail on that." It's very general knowledge, with short chapters covering the body systems. I noticed this most in the Interrelationships chapter, which is disappointing since interrelationships is so intertwined with holistic medicine. I expected more depth in that chapter. I suggest skimming the book or using the look inside feature to see if it's worth the investment. I give it 2.5 stars; I didn't like it, but it may be OK for others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lawtonkaren on October 21, 2010
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This book is fantastic; I have read it like a novel devoured from front to back. I love Pip Waller's style of writing keeping it interesting and applicable all the way through.

Her depth of knowledge on the human body, health and spirit clearly comes across -what a total pleasure.

I am using it as a text for my students and I am sure many will learn and grow from reading this wonderful book.
Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penelope on June 11, 2013
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This book is quite delightful. I have studied anatomy in college and it always seemed disjointed and over complex. This book really integrates anatomy and physiology so that it makes sense to life. I would recommend it for anyone who would like a more global understanding of the human system. At times it was even a page turner! The author has done a great job of bringing in the technical information while looping back and bringing it in to relation to the rest of the information in the book. I feel my confidence in my knowledge of the human body is more solid after reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Sturgess on May 15, 2010
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Finally a user-friendly anatomy book! I am no scientist and all the anatomy textbooks I've looked at over the years have been really offputting and intimidating. Pip Waller's book is clearly set out and presents Western anatomy/physiology in a conventional order whilst querying many of the scientific assumptions that have shaped the discipline. It's packed with juicy and provoking insights and is written in a very readable way with clear and well-labelled illustrations. Highly recommended for the lay reader!
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By V. Austin on April 23, 2010
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I was lent this book by a friend of mine who is a massage therapist. It has been such a brilliantly useful book to have around and so so different from the usual Anatomy and Physiology books I had seen before - all of which come from the clinical, scientific side of the subject and are maddeningly complex to someone like me who starts to glaze over when faced with tricky scientific explanations! Not only is this book written in a way that anyone can understand, it is fascinating to discover things that you wouldn't find in a conventional text book on A&P. I especially like the author's notes at the bottom of the pages - little pointers to other useful books or texts and often her own musings on the subject on the page! Wonderful.
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By Mrs. L. Brown on March 31, 2010
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Pip Waller writes in an enthusiastic and friendly style. This book has great appeal not just for students of anatomy but also for students of life. The clear explantions and diagrams as well as tons of snippets of related information make this book a pleasure to read straight through or randomly dip into. Ever wanted to know what kinds of fats are beneficial and what your body does with them?, or why measles can be good for you?, or what is the shamanic view on disease and healing?. You will find answers to all these questions and many more. This faubulous book re-awakened my sense of awe and wonder about our amazing bodies, and reminded me how so many things in and around us are all connected.
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By Mr. John Mchugh on March 31, 2010
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Pip Waller's 'Holistic Anatomy' was just the book I needed to really get to grips and truly understand the functions and sheer magic of the human body... most books I'd read before were rather too medically termed for my understanding, so coming across this book was the first time for me that such scientific knowledge started to sink in. This just goes to show that Pip Waller's in depth and accessible compilation of our anatomy is both enlightening and thoroughly engaging with its amusing, down to earth level that speaks to you rather than at you.
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