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

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

by Henry Dreher
 

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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

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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.

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.

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

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

— Arnold Brown

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801881589
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Redford B. Williams
In this masterful overview of mind-body medicine, Henry Dreher weaves together many strands—from scientific, humanistic, and spiritual domains—to provide a rigorous and thoughtful synthesis of mind-body science and medicine's capacity to heal both body and soul.

Clair A. Francomano
This comprehensive and provocative book fills an unmet need in documenting the current status of the science of mind-body medicine.

James S. Gordon
Henry Dreher is one of our great healing resources. In these clear and comprehensive essays he shows us the science and social context and guides us to the heart and soul of mind-body medicine.

James W. Pennebaker
Our thoughts and feelings have profound effects on basic biological processes as well as long-term physical health. Henry Dreher's artistically written, landmark book, Mind-Body Unity: A New Vision for Mind-Body Science and Medicine, explores how this is possible. Dreher deftly explains how both major and minor diseases are influenced by our social and psychological worlds. This is the best book I have seen on the topic in the last fifty years.

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.

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