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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (May 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201898284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201898286
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon, chair of the advisory council to the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine, takes aim at the current abyss between the orthodox biomedical community and alternative practitioners. Advocating a compassionate partnership between the two, he builds a case for collaboration through client studies and persuasive personal testimonies of healthcare victories. Gordon encourages communication and cooperation between these two worlds to address the drawbacks of an illness-oriented medical model burdened with the costs of chronic care. Historical forces of the wellness movement, principles of self-help, and concepts of teamwork are woven into a tapestry he calls the "therapeutic partnership." Gordon issues an important mandate for an integrated and individualized biopsychosocial medicine to meet the future clinical needs of the nation. Written for the medical and allied healthcare communities, this book is recommended for any healthcare provider interested in comprehensive care.?Rebecca Cress-Ingebo, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton, Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Manifesto for a New Medicine provides an understanding for the use and applications of alternative therapies with a strong guide teacheing how to blend the best of traditional & alternative methods. Dr. Gordon's Manifesto for a New Medicine uses case studies to demonstrate the successful applications of medical alternatives, teaching the basics of integration processes. -- Midwest Book Review

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My wife loved the book.
alex
He writes from personal experience as well, which lends humanity and compassion to his work.
"cmike"
And, as Dr. Godon emphasizes complementary alternatives that individuals, find effective.
"apapillon"

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "apapillon" on July 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Dr.Gordon's book was referred to me by a Ph.D. in genetics, the second woman to present at the Sorbonne. Mdme. Curie was first! At the time I just beginning my battle with breast cancer, and frustrated trying to acquire a competent, purposeful, ethical, and loving team, willing to accept me as an equal member! That was four books ago -I've loaned them out and somehow they seem to adsorb into the bodies and minds of those to whom I loaned them. They have not been returned; however, I have decided they should have been a gift to begin with.
Dr. Gordon's thorough and conscientious review of the different modalities available to increase, intensify, complement, and/or impact on the mind-body connection is comfortable reading. There is no question that in this book the doctor is paving the way for the the long overdue paradigm shift in medicine: the male medical model. A model that has been said will change for at lest the last forty years, and it hasn't budged, except in area where there has been strong public input, and therefore supported the initiation of the manifesto for a new medicine. This was especially apparent in from 1960-1974 when parents fought and organized for family-centered maternity and child care: human childbirth experiences with a prepared couple;husband attending the birth; family reunion post partem, including the mother's other children. The first excellent model of this was at Kaiser in California, which in the 70s had a central nursery so parents could have their babies in their room all they wanted or leave them to the safety of the nursing staff. Of course, the Mennonite hospital in Kansas had been doing this for 100 years!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to everyone interesting in exploring what Gordon calls the "new medicine." The latter basically consists of techniques and approaches that are alternatives to the predominant practices of "modern, scientific medicine." There are many features of this book I like and a few I don't but there's little doubt that most wellness-oriented readers will find it a worthy read.

Gordon has "been there" and "done that" with respect to most of the techniques described and evaluated. He has, in fact, personally undergone a multiplicity of the treatments and remedies discussed as part of his quest for relief of back pain and other maladies that he personally suffered. In addition, he uses or has experimented with these approaches as part of his ministrations to patients. The man, in short, has been on a long road in a conscious journey of discoveries. Gordon makes it quite clear that his goal is to incorporate and blend the best of both medical worlds, new and current, for the benefit and empowerment of his patients and the effectiveness of his profession. The latter is very broadly defined, for this physician is less interested in being a scientific M.D. than he is committed to being a wise healer and patient facilitator.

Among the features of MANIFESTO that I found most compelling were the following:

A passionate advocacy of the idea that healers of all manner owe their patients quality service, which Gordon describes in part as knowing where they live and with whom, whom they love, the joys and tensions in their relationships, how they eat and exercise and, "most especially," what gives their lives meaning.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2001
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Jim Gordon's book is useful for those looking for a complement or alternative to traditional western medical practice. Appointed by President Clinton to chair the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, he is considered an authoritative figure in the field.
As more and more people become disenchanted with the limitations of "western" medical practice, the need for accurate information on the myriad of non-traditional medical options will become more important. The statement of the first commentator above referring to alternative medical care as a "fad" and a Gordon as a "fraud" is typical of the unwillingness of the medical establishment to even consider non-traditional medical practices, many of which do have academic research to back them up, particularly as preventitive measures. But you can't blame the medical establishment, including the drug companies, for not wanting to rock their multi-billion dollar boat. After all, there is a lot more money to be made in expensive treatments, such as chemotherapy, surgery, and patentable drugs, than in affordable and natural preventetive methods which intergrate and emphasise lifestyle prevention such as good nutrition and stress management.
It is for those whom the established medical techniques have been a failure that Manifesto for New Medicine will be most insightful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "cmike" on April 18, 2000
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Dr. Gordon speaks from a vast experience in both traditional allopathic medicine and alternative health care. He knows what he's talking about, and he makes a huge amount of information accessible to all. He writes from personal experience as well, which lends humanity and compassion to his work. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, jump on it. The book is a great start to a new way of thinking about illness and wellness and how we can get our doctors to help us best.
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