- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Belknap Press; 1 edition (September 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674057481
- ISBN-13: 978-0674057487
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being 1st Edition
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Even the ancients understood that some places had healing powers. But in the late 20th century, scientists began to study how space affects both mental and physical health for good and ill. NIH researcher Sternberg (The Balance Within) thoroughly chronicles research on the neural pathways that connect our sensory perception of our environment with our ability to heal. Why, for instance, do hospital patients whose window looks out on a grove of trees require less pain medication than patients looking out on a brick wall? Sternberg also examines how incorporating light and nature into our cities and buildings can promote health and reduce stress, and how this concept is influencing urban design and the layout of hospitals. Finally, Sternberg counsels individuals to find that place in the world that invites and promotes healing and reduces stress (for her, it is a garden of her youth). The conclusions—e.g., that noise induces stress, which can impede healing—seem intuitive and well known, but readers interested in neuroscience will learn much about the research on why this is the case. (May)
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Most of us explain what other people do in terms of their individual abilities, motives, and personality traits, even when their behavior is due primarily to situational forces. This important and beautifully written book shows that contemporary medicine has made the same fundamental error about healing, and shows how powerful situations and spaces can be in moving people from illness to health. (John Cacioppo, author of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection)
This engaging book―conversational in tone, informative in content―is full of insight on collective healing and well-being. Esther Sternberg reveals the power of both natural places and architecture to elevate and enrich human experience and health. Enjoy it, and benefit from reading it! (Norman L. Koonce, former CEO, American Institute of Architects)
A vividly written book about a humanly important issue: the ways in which the spaces we literally inhabit―whether they be hospital rooms or spacious outdoor vistas―are not just backdrops to our dramas of health and illness, but actually have an impact on the outcomes of those dramas. Mixing accessible science with elegant 'you are there' journeys of exploration, Sternberg has written a book that pushes the boundary of mind-body science in ways that patients and their caregivers alike will appreciate. (Anne Harrington, author of The Cure Within: A History of Mind–Body Medicine)
Esther Sternberg is a rare writer―a physician who healed herself by going back to ancient truths known by the Greeks, and proving them. With her scientific expertise and crystal clear prose, she illuminates how intimately the brain and the immune system talk to each other, and how we can use place and space, sunlight and music, to reboot our brains and move from illness to health. (Gail Sheehy, author of Passages)
Even the ancients understood that some places had healing powers. But in the late 20th century, scientists began to study how space affects both mental and physical health for good and ill. NIH researcher Sternberg thoroughly chronicles research on the neural pathways that connect our sensory perception of our environment with our ability to heal… The conclusions―e.g., that noise induces stress, which can impede healing―seem intuitive and well known, but readers interested in neuroscience will learn much about the research on why this is the case. (Publishers Weekly 2009-03-16)
What Sternberg does so skillfully is to stitch together an explanation as to how so many of the things we intuitively find relaxing, like yoga, or sitting by the sea, or in a bright airy room, affect how quickly we heal. She provides the science to back it up and explains it so engagingly that it's hard to resist sharing her conviction. (Linda Geddes New Scientist 2009-05-09)
Healing Spaces [is] an exploration of environmental influences over the brain, the body and the course of mental and physical disease… Anyone who has ever felt peace descend in lovely surroundings will find a few seeds of explanation in her book. (Abigail Zuger, M.D. New York Times 2009-06-30)
In this fascinating book, physician Esther M. Sternberg explores the intersection of architecture and medicine; the studies and conferences (primarily through the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture) and vast body of literature that reveals the extent to which our external environment plays a role in healing… Sternberg's findings are fascinating, some strange, some pure common sense―thought-provoking for both individuals and institutions. (Susan Salter Reynolds Los Angeles Times 2009-06-28)
After this fascinating, engaging, and challenging read I'll think about the heath consequences of where I am in a different way. (Richard Mitchell The Lancet 2009-07-04)
Sternberg offers a fascinating study of the complex relationships between health and 'healing places.' …She makes the work of many pioneers in brain and behavioral research accessible to laypersons even as they rub elbows with such figures as Walt Disney, Frank Gehry, and the Dalai Lama… This is a fine, thoughtful volume. (J. Quinan Choice 2010-01-01)
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Top Customer Reviews
I have learned a lot, especially about how important is to not ignore our emotions and how the environment we live in can chance our life quality. The greatest argument of this book in my opinion is scientific data that support the new view of how cities and hospital should be made. Art, gardens, light and friends all are pivotal to improve our lives and patients care
Thanks for this wonderful book and keep the good work
The thoughts seem disjointed as one of the things the author leads with is architecture. Another thing that the author leads with was is how patients were healed faster when they looked at a tree as opposed to a wall. That makes sense, but then the author goes off on hearing, seeing, etc.. I found myself lost lots of times: "why is she not only mentioning this but she is going off on a tangent about it?" That was not the book I was looking for, and I gave up at the 35% according to my Kindle app. The correct way to build audience trust, confidence, and loyalty, to me, is to deliver what the book is supposed to be about.
According to the table of contents, It seems that the juicy parts of the book are in the back, but I have many things on my "to read" list that I don't have patience, nor the energy, nor the time to keep investing in a book that doesn't deliver upfront. There are millions of books out there, and surely one discusses what I'm looking for. I know that many times publishers hold authors to a certain page number, but the first third of book not talking about "healing spaces" is ridiculous. Why did the tree heal the patients faster? Maybe the author would have gotten to that eventually? I will not be discovering the answer to that question this go around. Maybe another time when I'm not so disappointed and cranky.
Also, it would have been nice to include pics of the labyrinths, mazes, the nose, and the architecture/work mentioned in the beginning. I googled them, but it would have been nice to save readers some time.