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Juhan examines the physiology and psychology of our response to touch, combining excellent illustrations with a detailed but readable technical discussion. Individual sections conclude with his position that through body work, "heightened self-awareness and improved control over conditioned responses" will improve our health and reduce our Job-like suffering. Although Juhan is a professional body worker at Esalen Institute, he does not describe the techniques used and readers will have to test his claims themselves. Recommended for comprehensive collections on human physiology. Michael D. Cramer, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ. Lib., Blacksburg
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  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Barrytown/Station Hill Press, Inc.; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581770995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581770995
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a fascinating and revealing reference work on the workings of the human body.
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Sometime this book was really interesting reading other times I just had to push my self into reading it .It took me about a month of reading to finish.
Sharon Landis LMT PSMassages
The book is technical and detailed, but written in a way to be very understandable.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Anora McGaha on June 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are a doctor, physical therapist, massage or bodywork therapist of any kind with an appetite for in-depth analysis and understanding of the human response to touch, this book is a MUST HAVE for you. It's technical and detailed, and it is also ground-breaking, eye-opening and exciting.

Juhan covers the topic of the human response to touch from the micro-cellular level through to system responses all the way to the origins of the body/mind split in western philosophy and the consequences of pharmaceutical dominance in health care on touch therapies. He introduces many new perspectives that bring a rich vitality to anatomy. He shows the interactivity - the interconnectedness - the interdependence of all aspects of the human body, mind and being. He presents some of the latest theories about how the body mind are integrated and communicate - Candace Pert's molecules of emotion.

Not only is Juhan's research fascinating and valuable to body workers, but also his method of inquiry, the questions he asks, and how he asks and seeks to answer them, are very educational - modeling ways we can pursue the investigation ourselves.

Here are a few examples of the kind of insight that Juhan offers in the Third Edition for you to see for yourself:

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"This personal, sensory engagement with the self does not spring from a rebellion against scientific authority, but rather from a realization of the present inadequacy of that authority's conception of reality, a realization that is not contrived for the purpose of debate, but which is forced upon [us] by [our] own painful circumstances.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2000
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I had bought this for a friend about to start massage school--but I'm KEEPING IT! The writing communicates a deep love and interest in the body and how it works, and how we respond to touch as healing. This is a wonderful way to learn about the anatomy and physiology of our living, working bodies.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. Caret on June 6, 2001
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Great overview of human anatomy and physiology from an integrative perspective. Brings together a lot of scientific information in an easily understood and relevant fashion that particularly explains many aspects of physiology as they apply to massage and bodywork.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina on May 13, 2009
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This book was part of my massage school curriculum. I tried to really get into it like my teachers, but I had a hard time with the 'fluffy' stuff weaved in and out of this book.
However - the theories and ideas presented are WONDERFUL. The book itself is written in a very thoughtful manner, and I can appreciate that. As a massage therapist, I can appreciate this volume.

While I wouldn't say this is a must read, I think if you have the time, give it a go.
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48 of 64 people found the following review helpful By cliff jones on July 23, 2004
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Job's Body is theoretical rather than practical. It makes one aware of many interesting ideas and theories not normally encountered. It is like a summary of the author's research so expands the readers general awareness.

On the negative side, the author either has an evangelistic zeal which he indulges at the readers' expense or he fails to distinguish between his belief system and his science. The book is laced with distracting and irrelevant intrusions of Darwinian type evolutionism, which, for someone who has nothing like enough faith to accept the hypothesis, makes constantly having to separate the religious junk from the science very tedious. It spoilt the book for me.

Otherwise, apart from being rather wordy and containing some repetitive grammatical errors, (quite out of place in what is otherwise a well presented and scholarly work), which I would have expected the publisher's proof reader to have weeded out, the book makes a fair contribution to the breadth of one's concepts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Cooper on May 20, 2013
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As an author of self help books, registered nurse, and advocate for chronic pain issues, I am always looking for information to broaden my own knowledge base, but that's not the only reason I read books like Job's Body. I happen to be a chronic pain patient. The greatest pain generator for me is a condition we don't hear much about, but we should, myofascial pain syndrome. I am reviewing from a professional and patient perspective.

Deane Juhan does a marvelous job explaining exactly what the skin, connective tissue, bone, muscles, nerve and myofascia are, and why we need them. He methodically and meticulously defines why it is important to know exactly what they do, how everything is connected and how neglect can lead to plasticity of the brain.

Many have written on this, but few explain how neglecting the body's needs create plasticity affecting and rewiring the brains' perception and response. Seldom, if ever, do physicians get training on connective tissue even though it has the greatest effect on chronic pain conditions.

Deane Juhan holds tight to same mantras I use in my own writing "self-awareness, self-control and active participation of the will to the process of growth and development are major themes to this education." Keep the fluid moving, it is the oil for the body, and the dump truck for the toxins we accumulate when we live a stagnant life.

If you are a pain management professional, physical therapist, chiropractor, body worker, or a patient with chronic pain, you must read this book. You will have a better understanding of the myofascia, plasticity, and the feedback our brain receives from the body.
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