The New Medicine

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9780977829910: The New Medicine

This is the companion book to the widely acclaimed Public Television Series "The New Medicine", and features in depth interviews with the participants of this program-world experts in their fields. These physicians and scholars work in leading medical schools and clinics across the country, including Harvard, the University of California and Duke. They present the hard scientific evidence behind the fact that our mental state has a direct influence on our physical health. Together they make a compelling case that physicians must treat the whole person with an illness, not just the illness alone in order to promote true healing. Many are practitioners of Integrative Medicine, which stresses that listening to a patient's concerns and building rapport is absolutely essential for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. This book is available in a Black & White or Full-Color paperback edition.

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About the Author:

Ronald H. Blumer and Muffie Meyer are documentary film makers who together have won over 50 major awards including 10 Emmys.

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FOREWORD

by the late Dana Reeve

For more than a decade, the world of medicine has been a large part of my life, first because of my husband, Christopher Reeve’s spinal cord injury and now because of the challenges I myself face. I have been diagnosed with lung cancer and am undergoing treatment. Over the years, I have been very privileged to work with many wonderful doctors and caregivers, and we have had access to the most advanced hi-tech medical care available anywhere in the world. I owe a lot to modern Western medicine.

But it has also become clear to me that hi-tech medicine, with all its wonders, often leaves out that all-important human touch. For many, going to the doctor or to the hospital has become an assembly line of tests and procedures. And often lost in this examination of the hearts and the kidneys and the blood chemistry are the deeper needs of the person suffering from the illness.

Illness, alas, is a great teacher and one of the things I’ve learned is that the process of healing involves both the body and the mind. Your emotional state has a tremendous amount to do with sickness, health, and well-being. For years, my husband lived on, and because of, hope. Hope continues to give me the mental strength to carry on, but also, I am convinced, hope very directly influences my physical health.

Doctors know this of course, but they are wary about how to apply it to the practice of medicine. For some, this kind of thinking represents the "New Agey" world of alternative medicine, and they view it with suspicion. Doctors speak the language of science and quite rightly demand proof that a treatment is effective. It has been hard to measure the effect of a feeling like hope on the human body. That is, until very recently.

In this book you are going to read accounts from some hard-nosed scientists who are doing groundbreaking studies of the mind-body connection. Through clinical experience and with hi tech brain scanning equipment, they are proving, in the language of science, that our emotional state — thoughts and feelings — has an enormous influence on physical phenomena as pain, healing and even our ability to fight off infection.

You are also going to be privy to the insights of caregivers applying this new understanding to the practice of medicine — therapists who take advantage of all the best that western medicine has to offer, but who also understand that technology alone is not enough.

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