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Meaning and Medicine: A Doctor's Tales of Breakthrough and Healing Hardcover – November 1, 1991

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From Publishers Weekly

While the past decade has brought a flood of self-help medical books to the market, this collection of healing stories offers specific and convincing examples that the mind-set of patients has great impact on their physical well-being. "Meaning is being," Dossey ( Beyond Illness ) states in his introduction, arguing that the significance we give to events in our lives and to our existence itself affects our body's health. Pointing out that more heart attacks happen on Mondays at 9 a.m. than any other time of the week, he also supports his thesis with numerous case histories. Decrying the "man as machine" approach often promulgated in medical school, Dossey urges doctors and patients alike to recognize the spiritual component of healing, while pressing for such practical reforms as making hospital environments more pleasant. His study will prove valuable for professional and lay readers alike.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Dossey, an internist and noted author/lecturer on holistic medicine ( Space, Time and Medicine , LJ 5/15/82), writes that illness has meaning in itself and needs to be approached through understanding, not just intervention. Even the contemporary mind-body notion is outdated, he suggests, asserting that "mind" and consciousness exist beyond the bounds of the brain. Chronicling numerous incidents where beliefs, hopes, and miraculous events have brought about unexpected recoveries as well as inexplicable sickness and even death, Dossey sees medicine moving toward a less mechanical and more spiritual, psychic, or shamanic perspective on illness and its significance. His book is recommended for large public libraries and subject collections.
- Judith Eannarino, Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (November 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553078690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553078695
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,512,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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