- Paperback: 585 pages
- Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; Pap/DVD/CD edition (November 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0443068003
- ISBN-13: 978-0443068003
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, Vice President of Research and Education, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California; Tina Amorok; IONS; and Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD, Director, Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; former Executive Director of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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Daryl S Paulson Ph. D.
BioScience Laboratories Inc.
CONSCIOUSNESS & HEALING is the brain and love child of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), whose goal is to explore the frontiers of human consciousness. While the breadth and depth of this book defies description, it's safe to say that CONSCIOUSNESS & HEALING is currently the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference book on the subjects of complementary and alternative medicine, integral medicine, and mind-body medicine.
Some of my favorite ideas from this book are the notion of what it really means to grow old gracefully, the return of prayer, and the idea of the patient as being inextricably intertwined in society and the environment. Now that increasing numbers of patients seek complementary and alternative forms of healing to the more traditional chemical and surgical procedures, there is a need for the healing community to establish a better vision of how to treat patients as people who matter, and whose thoughts and feelings affect their health.
CONSCIOUSNESS & HEALING is a marvelous reference book that will stimulate discussion between healing professionals and people seeking healing, and help us all figure out what new model of health care we can best create.
An unusual feature of this book is its accompanying Video CD, in which several of the authors are featured in spoken presentations, which add to these authors' written presentations. That is the good news. The bad news is that this CD plays only on CD players attached to TV sets, not on computers (PC or Mac). All of the references from the articles in this book are on that CD - making them very difficult and frustrating to access. You would have to sit with the book in hand and search the CD on a TV set in order to identify any of the footnoted references or comments from the book you want to find. As a frequent reader of footnotes and references, I found this discouragingly unmanageable.
A few of the many chapters that this reviewer found interesting:
The essay by Candace B Pert, Henry E Dreher and Michael R. Ruff, "The Psychosomatic Network: Foundations of Mind-Body Medicine:"
The essay by Eskenazi, Loren. "Transformational Surgery: Symbol, Ritual, and Initiation in Contemporary Cosmetic Surgery:"
David Michael Levin's refreshing chapter, "Meaning and the history of the body: toward a postmodern medicine,"
Discussions on spiritual dimensions of health extend our awareness of this end of the wholistic spectrum. Dean Ornish, "Opening Your Heart: Anatomically, Emotionally, and Spiritually:"
This volume is a good introduction to mind-body interactions, particularly for anyone who is new to this field. Those with considerable experience are also likely to find much of interest and value in the rich variety of presentations. This would be a more useful reference book were the references for further readings actually usable.