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Molecules Of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine Paperback – February 17, 1999
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But I didn't want to read about the POLITICS and SOCIOLOGY of studying the molecules of emotion. I wanted a review of the area, giving pertainent molecular, chemical, biochemical and psychological information. Of course, such a tome might not sell as well to the general public, but I'm not convinced that the general public will be all that interested in the power struggles that go on in academia and the palace.
I would line up for a second book by Dr Pert - one that reviews the area in the fashion described.
However, that doesn't mean the current book isn't without merit. I will probably recommend this book to beginning graduate students, along with other classics such as Brook's "The Mythical Man Month". I have seldom seen such a clearly defined expositon of the cut-throat nature of academia and big science as this book. I wonder how many grad students will be dismayed by the revelation that science is 10% inspiration, 50% persperation, and 40% politics.
Dr Candace Pert is a neuroscientist and she speaks biology, which is a recognised territory for me, since my wife is a scientist as well.
At the beginning of her book (which is, more than anything, a novel, a very good novel and very well written) Candace unfolds her scientific history and experience, mainly from a biological point of view but also from an autobiographical one. I was excited to enter her lab, when she invited me in, with her enthusiastic approach towards science and with professional knowledge phrased in words I could understand. Very gradually, she draws you into the basics of information-substances, which create the core of information flow in our bodies, communicating with the outside world and the inner one. With regard to facts - the book is full of them. If you are looking for scientific approval of complementary medicine, of hypnotherapy or any mind-body approach, you will surely find references for it there.
It is so heart-warming to find a western scientist who not only acknowledges the unity of mind-body (the body is the unconscious mind, she says), but also further serves the public in the endeavour to shift the old paradigm of separation and move towards a new, integrated one.
Candace's future flows right into her past (since information and metaphors are boundless in terms of space and time), creating a shift in her language.Read more ›
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I found it difficult to read and it was more of a biography than a helping type of book.Published 1 month ago by Sam
Incredible scientific look into humankind's raging emotions!
She is phenomenal at bridging the ever widening gap of the mental (or metaphysical) realm and its effects... Read more
This book should be mandatory reading. Dr. Pert gives life meaning...literally. I miss her.Published 2 months ago by Dim
Definitely a thought provoking and interesting book. I didn't always agree with the author. I particularly thought it was ironic that she kept complaining about a male dominated... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth
This is not a novel, but a scientific book. Therefore, this review is not proper.Published 3 months ago by Gayle L. Brosnan-Watters
This feels like an important read for anyone involved in healing work- healing of themselves and/or others. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brianna Colon
My favorite book of 2015. Candace did the groundwork in scientific research of the effect of neurotransmitters and endorphins beginning in the mid 70's and this is her personal... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joanne Klaus