From Publishers Weekly
Psychology Today editor Barash explores the healing powers of spirituality in light of his own battle with thyroid cancer.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Barasch calls his book "field notes" on a journey inward toward healing. That journey, undertaken after his grueling workaholic lifestyle left him jobless and facing a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, found him employing alternative therapies, traditional Western surgery, and research on cultures and their medical treatments from around the world. Here, besides reporting his own research, Barasch includes the testimonies of others who have explored nontraditional healing. He likens the resulting inner journey to self-realization to the "hero quest" conceived by mythologist Joseph Campbell. He also explains psychoneuroimmunology, that combination of three formerly separate disciplines that seeks to redefine our responses to illnesses and their symptoms by encouraging inner examination of past griefs, repressions, and sorrows in order to exorcise personal demons manifested as sickness: "A symptom may represent a distorted unconscious attempt to throw off the dead hand of the emotional past before submitting to a final strangulation," Barasch says. Some may scoff at this as New Age nonsense, while others may welcome Barasch's wide-ranging, meticulously reported research. Whitney Scott
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