Healing and the Mind

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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 ...

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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.

In the tradition of the bestselling The Power of Myth and A World of Ideas comes the companion volume to a groundbreaking new PBS series from acclaimed television journalist Bill Moyers. Through fascinating interviews with world experts and laypeople alike, Healing and the Mind explores the new mind/body medicine and how it is being practiced. Photographs, including a 16-page color insert.

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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.)
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)
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The interconnection between the mind and the body is so universally recognized today that it is hard to remember that traditional medicine treated them as totally separate entities for many years. In his landmark public television series, journalist Bill Moyers explored the mind-body connection from a host of different angles, presenting a series of illuminating interviews that challenged our assumptions and enriched our lives. Though different in some ways from the series, this companion volume presents much more of Moyers's conversations than the taped medium allowed, giving us a chance to savor the full impact of his remarkable talks with experts and laypeople alike. We learn about new therapies for stress and chronic disease, the chemical bases of emotions, the results of fusing Eastern and Western medical practices, and the power of community in the treatment of incurable disease. Filled with a provocative array of art from around the world. B&W & color illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385476874
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 364,916
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers was one of the organizers of the Peace Corps, Press Secretary under President Lyndon Johnson from 1965 until 1967, publisher of Newsday, senior correspondent for CBS News, and producer of many of public television's groundbreaking series. He is the winner of more than thirty Emmy Awards, and the author of the bestselling books Listening to America, A World of Ideas, Healing and the Mind, and Moyers on America. In April 2007 Bill Moyers returned to PBS with his weekly show Bill Moyers' Journal.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Note
I The Art of Healing
The Healing Roles of Doctor and Patient 7
The Healing Environment 25
Healing and the Community 47
II Healing from Within
Self-Regulation and Conditioning 71
Changing Life Habits 87
Meditation 115
Stress Reduction 145
Therapeutic Support Groups 157
III The Mind/Body Connection
The Chemical Communicators 177
Emotions and the Immune System 195
The Brain and the Immune System 213
Conditioned Responses 239
IV The Mystery of Chi
Medicine in a Mind/Body Culture 257
Another Way of Seeing 305
V Wounded Healers
Healing 323
Wholeness 343
Index 365
Picture Credits 370
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    An excellent book I had originally read in paperback. Now, I ha

    An excellent book I had originally read in paperback. Now, I have it in my digital library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007


    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.

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