Double Vision: An East-West Collaboration for Coping with Cancer / Edition 1

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When Alexandra Todd’s 21-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.

When the author's 21-year-old son Drew 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 bears testimony both to a son's courage and a mother's determination. Resource appendix.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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

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"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819562890
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

A medical sociologist who has written extensively about health care delivery, ALEXANDRA DUNDAS TODD is Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University in Boston. Her last book was Intimate Adversaries: Cultural Conflict between Doctors and Women Patients (1989).

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Table of Contents

Casual Courage
I’ve Never Heard The one Before
And Please, No More One Percent Odds
Surgery Two: Hoping it Wouldn’t Blind Him
Americans Can’t Eat This Way
Western Reflections on Eastern Medicine: Nutrition and Cancer, Visualization and Cancer, Acupuncture and Cancer, Counseling and Cancer
Robust Resistance
Epilogue by Drew Todd

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