Cancer As a Turning Point

Cancer As a Turning Point

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by Lawrence L. Leshan

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Le Shan rightly describes his ninth health guide as a ``state-of-the-art handbook,'' counseling readers on how to realize their self-healing abilities by employing methods dramatized here in case histories. The book details strategies to promote psychological change and teaches techniques (active visualization, classical meditation) that encourage cancer victims to fight the disease. Critical of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel who regard the afflicted primarily as machines to repair, Le Shan urges patients to insist on their rights to humane and conscientious care: ``Many doctors are so completely oriented to fighting disease and ignoring the sick person that, in catastrophic illness, they often seem to be asking themselves: `How many heroic measures and mutilating operations can be charged to the patient (orto the insurance company) before death--the final method of consumer resistance--is allowed to intervene?' '' His advice on overcoming the often debilitating lay and professional attitudes surrounding the cancer sufferer is eminently sound. Author tour. (Mar.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
LeShan, noted therapist and popular author of books on the mind/body connection, including You Can Fight For Your Life: Emotional Factors in the Treatment of Cancer ( LJ 4/15/77), offers further advice for people dealing with cancer. Writing from an inspiring, holistic-oriented perspective, LeShan says that the crisis of cancer offers many positive possibilities for the sufferer--healing, a new life, a peaceful death, the unlocking of inner resources, and the uncovering of hidden self-knowledge. He also gives practical counsel on dealing with hospital stays and practicing meditation, and discusses the human need for a meaningful death. Recommended for public libraries with holistic health or New Age interest.-- Judith Eannarino, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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1st ed
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20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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