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Mind-Body Unity: A New Vision for Mind-Body Science and Medicine

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Over the past twenty years, an explosion of scientific studies have helped to explain why our state of mind may exert such a strong influence on the state of our health. In Mind-Body Unity science writer Henry Dreher weighs the results of leading-edge mind-body research, and he concludes that mind and body are not merely connected, they are unified. Our minds play a role in health, Dreher argues, the way our eyes play a role in sight.

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Overview

Over the past twenty years, an explosion of scientific studies have helped to explain why our state of mind may exert such a strong influence on the state of our health. In Mind-Body Unity science writer Henry Dreher weighs the results of leading-edge mind-body research, and he concludes that mind and body are not merely connected, they are unified. Our minds play a role in health, Dreher argues, the way our eyes play a role in sight.

Integrating biological research on mind-body unity with psychosocial research on emotions in human health, Dreher surveys remarkable findings on the role of emotions, coping, and personality in coronary heart disease; on psychosocial factors in cancer progression and survival; and on the social dimensions of human health. He also describes mind-body approaches to the treatment of cancer, women's health conditions, somatization disorder, and in surgery. Finally, Dreher provides a critical overview of the social and political context of this research, from the presentations of leading popularizers such as Bernie Siegel and Deepak Chopra, to the experiences of practitioners and patients, to the resistance of mainstream medicine, to the many exciting possibilities suggested by a deeper understanding of how mind and body are inextricably bound.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Future Survey
[Dreher] synthesizes a vast amount of research on brain-body connections.

— Arnold Brown

Future Survey - Arnold Brown
[Dreher] synthesizes a vast amount of research on brain-body connections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801873928
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Dreher, a science and health writer based in New York City, has written numerous books, including The Immune Power Personality: Seven Traits You Can Develop to Stay Healthy and coauthor of Healing Mind, Healthy Woman and The Type C Connection: The Mind-Body Links to Cancer and Your Health.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Scientific Basis of Mind-Body Medicine
Ch. 1 The Psychosomatic Network: Foundations of Mind-Body Medicine 3
Ch. 2 The Social Perspective in Mind-Body Studies 38
Ch. 3 The Mindful Heart: Psychosocial Factors in Heart Disease 71
Ch. 4 Cancer and the Mind: An Integrative Investigation 155
Pt. 2 Clinical Applications of Mind-Body Medicine
Ch. 5 Behavioral Medicine's New Marketplace 203
Ch. 6 The Scientific and Moral Imperative of Psychosocial Interventions for Cancer 238
Ch. 7 Mind-Body Medicine for Women: Gender-Specific Treatments 265
Ch. 8 Somatization: Secrets Disclosed to the Body 285
Ch. 9 Mind-Body Interventions for Surgery: Evidence and Exigency 300
Index 327
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