The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine

The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine

by Anne Harrington
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393065634

ISBN-13: 9780393065633

Pub. Date: 01/21/2008

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Lays bare the history behind mind-body healing.
People suffering from serious illnesses improve their survival chances by adopting a positive attitude and refusing to believe in the worst. Stress is the great killer of modern life. Ancient Eastern mind-body techniques can bring us balance and healing. We’ve all heard claims like these, and many find them

Overview

Lays bare the history behind mind-body healing.
People suffering from serious illnesses improve their survival chances by adopting a positive attitude and refusing to believe in the worst. Stress is the great killer of modern life. Ancient Eastern mind-body techniques can bring us balance and healing. We’ve all heard claims like these, and many find them plausible. When it comes to disease and healing, we believe we must look beyond doctors and drugs; we must look within ourselves. Faith, relationships, and attitude matter. But why do we believe such things? From psychoanalysis to the placebo effect to meditation, this vibrant history describes our commitments to mind-body healing as rooted in a patchwork of stories that have allowed people to make new sense of their suffering, express discontent with existing care, and rationalize new treatments and lifestyles. These stories are sometimes supported by science, sometimes quarrel with science, but are all ultimately about much more than just science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393065633
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/21/2008
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     9
Introduction: Stories, Science, and Culture Under the Skin     15
The Power of Suggestion     31
The Body That Speaks     67
The Power of Positive Thinking     103
Broken by Modern Life     139
Healing Ties     175
Eastward Journeys     205
Conclusion: Making Sense of Mind-Body Medicine     243
Notes     257
Select Bibliography     299
Index     323

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