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Healing and the Mind
     

Healing and the Mind

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by Bill Moyers
 

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At last, the paperback edition of the monumental  best-seller (almost half a million copies in  print!) that has changed the way Americans think about  sickness and health -- the companion volume to the  landmark PBS series of the same name. In a  remarkably short period of time, Bill Moyers's  Healing And

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At last, the paperback edition of the monumental  best-seller (almost half a million copies in  print!) that has changed the way Americans think about  sickness and health -- the companion volume to the  landmark PBS series of the same name. In a  remarkably short period of time, Bill Moyers's  Healing And The Mind has become a  touchstone, shaping the debate over alternative medical  treatments and the role of the mind in illness and  recovery in a way that few books have in recent  memory. With almost half a million copies in print,  it is already a classic -- the most widely read  and influential book of its kind. In a series of  fascinating interviews with world-renowned experts  and laypeople alike, Bill Moyers explores the new  mind/body medicine. Healing And The  Mind shows how it is being practiced in the  treatment of stress, chronic disease, and neonatal  problems in several American hospitals; examines the  chemical basis of emotions, and their potential  for making us sick (and making us well); explores  the fusion of traditional Chinese medicine with  modern Western practices in contemporary China; and  takes an up-close, personal look at alternative  healing therapies, including a Massachusetts center  that combines Eastern meditation and Western group  therapy, and a California retreat for cancer  patients who help each other even when a cure is  impossible. Combining the incisive yet personal interview  approach that made A World Of Ideas  a feast for the mind and the provocative interplay  of text and art that made The Power Of  Myth a feast for the imagination,  Healing And The Mind is a landmark work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this intriguing companion volume to a PBS TV series, Moyers explores the roles of thoughts and emotions in illness and health through interviews with 16 doctors and scientists. He visits stress-reduction clinics and a cancer patients' support group, and he investigates the new field of psychoneuroimmunology, which emphasizes the importance of patients' attitudes to optimal immune-system functioning. He also travels to China to study acupuncture, therapeutic massage and chi gong , the manipulation of vital energy to ameliorate chronic neurologic and muscular diseases. Among those interviewed are University of California physician Dean Ornish, who has reversed heart disease in patients with treatments combining meditation, stress-reduction exercises, group therapy, walking and vegetarian diet; neurobiologist David Felten, discoverer of nerve fibers that link the nervous system to the immune system; and Thomas Delbanco of Harvard Medical School who seeks ways to transform the doctor-patient relationship so that patients are more actively involved. Color and black-and-white reproductions of art by Kathe Kollwitz, Rene Magritte, Norman Rockwell, Paul Klee and others interact suggestively with the text. (Feb.)
Booknews
This book by Bill Moyers is similar in format to his World of Ideas series. By assembling the transcripts of interviews with leaders in the field of healing, Moyers constructs a broad context to examine the question: How is healing related to the mind? Provocative and insightful. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ray Olson
Moyers' new TV series, which this volume accompanies, is about how states of being that Western thought conceives of as "mental" affect other states of being perceived as "physical". Moyers sorts the interviews that make up the book into five sections. Those in "The Art of Healing" are with physicians who strive to take account of the "whole person," not just physical symptoms, when they are engaged in treating patients. Those in "Healing from Within" are concerned with using nonmedical techniques such as meditation (aka stress reduction) to increase physical comfort and the ill person's quality of life. In "The Mind/Body Connection," Moyers discusses the scientific evidence for mental influence upon physical well-being with several researchers into brain biochemistry and the immune system. "The Mystery of Chi" consists of talks with U.S. physician David Eisenberg, long a student of Chinese traditional medicine with its dependence upon the physically undemonstrable entity, "ch'i", and the Chinese practitioners to whom he leads Moyers. Finally, in "Wounded Healers" Moyers talks with the founder and the medical director of a retreat for persons with cancer who will not recover; at this center, ill persons minister to each other, healing in the sense Moyers says is "coming to terms with a life they may soon be leaving." As is each of Moyers' TV tie-ins, this is an excellent short course in its subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307816931
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/09/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
484,110
File size:
23 MB
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Healing and the Mind 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book I had originally read in paperback. Now, I have it in my digital library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an anthology of interviews on the way different people perceive health and healing and the part that the mind plays in the whole picture. Trish New, author of The Thrill of Hope, South State Street Journal, and Memory Flatlined.