Double Vision: An East-West Collaboration for Coping with Cancer

Double Vision: An East-West Collaboration for Coping with Cancer

by Alexandra Dundas Todd
     
 

When Alexandra Todd's twenty-one-year-old son is diagnosed with cancer, the family embarks on an odyssey that ultimately steers an expansive course between the gleaming technologies of traditional Western medicine and the gentle arts of alternative healing. That the voyage is successful is testimony not only to the strength of Drew's courage, but also to his mother's… See more details below

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When Alexandra Todd's twenty-one-year-old son is diagnosed with cancer, the family embarks on an odyssey that ultimately steers an expansive course between the gleaming technologies of traditional Western medicine and the gentle arts of alternative healing. That the voyage is successful is testimony not only to the strength of Drew's courage, but also to his mother's determination to combine the best of Western medical techniques with Eastern treatment strategies in their battle against life threatening illness. Double Vision is a unique combination of memoir and rigorous scholarship. Todd, a medical sociologist who has written extensively about health care delivery, describes Drew's compelling struggle in strong personal language. At the same time, she also reflects on larger issues of U.S. health care such as social class and accessibility to treatment, conventional medicine's often intractable power structure, and the effects of globalization on medical knowledge. Invaluable appendices offer practical information on macrobiotic foods and recipes, cookbooks, mail order companies, organizations for nutritional education and referrals, selected readings on mind/body connections and Chinese and holistic medicine, and addresses of stress reduction and Chinese/holistic medicine centers.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"The Chinese word for crisis consists of two characters: danger and opportunity," writes medical sociologist Todd. For her, the danger was the rare brain cancer that threatened the life of her 20-year-old son, Drew. But it was also an opportunity to combine Western medicine's aggressive treatments (surgery, radiation) with the gentle healing techniques of the East (acupuncture, macrobiotics) in a successful campaign to overcome the cancer. In alternating chapters, Todd describes the diagnosis and treatment of her son's illness and her exploration of alternative methods, applied first to her own ailments. Several appendixes outline Drew's macrobiotic diet and list various resources and readings. While Todd offers some interesting ideas, one wonders how patients lacking her health insurance and her time could cope with complicated recipes and exotic ingredients. For larger health collections.-Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Mary Ellen Sullivan
When her son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer after a year and a half of unexplained headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue, Todd reacted as nearly any mother would--with terror. But then she reacted as any scientist would and searched methodically for answers to her questions about the disease and treatment. As a medical sociologist, she had the background and the tools to research and evaluate treatment options, and as a mother, she had the unrelenting will and unending love to see things through: she created a blend of Eastern and Western medicines which enabled her son to beat the cancer. Todd gives the most attention here to macrobiotic nutrition (recipes included) as a mainstay of building resistance and fighting disease, but she also discusses the benefits of integrating Western treatment with such other Eastern approaches as meditation and acupuncture. No half-baked, New Age ideological rant, her report is a carefully researched treatise on effectively battling cancer, worthy of close attention.
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“A carefully researched treatise on effectively battling cancer, worthy of close attention.”—Booklist

“Todd has written a probing, insightful, and powerful account of their quest for utilizing the planet’s vast sources of healing wisdom to affirm wholistic health within the individual.”—NAPRA Trade Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819552792
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
10/26/1994
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.88(d)

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Wendy Sanford
“At a time when the limits of Western medicine are becoming painfully evident, we need Professor Todd’s meticulously informed and eminently readable discussion of what a number of healing modalities can offer”

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