The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine

The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine

The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine

“A splendid history of mind-body medicine…a book that desperately needed to be written.”—Jerome Groopman, New York Times

Is stress a deadly disease on the rise in modern society? Can mind-body practices from the East help us become well? When it comes to healing, we believe we must look beyond doctors and drugs; we must look within ourselves. Faith, relationships, and attitude matter.

But why do we believe such things? From psychoanalysis to the placebo effect to meditation, this vibrant cultural history describes mind-body healing as rooted in a patchwork of stories, allowing us to make new sense of our suffering and to rationalize new treatments and lifestyles.

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  1. Werner Cohn said,

    Wrote on May 16, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

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    A Confusing Message, February 9, 2008
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    Werner Cohn (Brooklyn, NY USA) –
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    Whenever a first-class scholar, like this one, writes a careful, data-based book, which is at the same time accessible to the intelligent lay person, we must be grateful.

    This volume tells us much of the history, in the United States, of the various mind-over-body schemes: psychoanalysis, Transcendental Meditation, bio-feedback, Christian Science, and others. Nobody interested in modern American history can afford to ignore this story.

    But I also found the book profoundly confusing. The author wants to tell us about these movements and how they were received by the public, but she has little interest, it seems, in the truth value behind the claims of these popular movements. Does bio-feedback, for instance, really help in reducing stress ? For that matter, is there such a thing as “stress” in the sense that the proponents of these movements have in mind ? Truth or untruth are things that hold little interest for this author.

    Harrington generally tells the story of the beginnings of these movements as a series of successes, and then, for some reason, time and again, “things begin to unravel,” as she has to state time and again. With all her sympathies for “mind-over-body,” sympathies that dominate her “narratives” (a favorite phrase of hers), it turns out, generally, and in stark contrast to her enthusiasms, that things don’t work out after all, and it would seem — though she never says this — that it’s probably best to be cynical about the whole lot of these movements.

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  2. M. L. Reynolds "lance reynolds" said,

    Wrote on May 16, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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    A masterful synthesis, January 25, 2008
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    Professor Harrington provides a masterful synthesis of Mind-Body Medicine. I was a skeptical chemist who spent most of his working life in the midwest before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. For five years I looked askance at the smorgasbord of alternative healing that flourishes here. Eventually a new wife persuaded me to try acupuncture for tennis elbow. I have not looked back. I claim no miracle cures but do now have the glimmerings of understanding my mind-body as a marvellously inter-connected system with endless possibilities for feedback from every sensory modality. Harrington has great understanding of the mind-body system. The rigor of her approach and the clarity of her writing style make The Cure Within both thought provoking and a delight to read.

    Lance Reynolds
    Alameda, CA

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  3. George Guarino said,

    Wrote on May 16, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

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    Science meets Mind, December 16, 2008
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    George Guarino (Albany, New York, USA) –
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    Allow yourself to step back and listen to the stories of our modern age evolve and witness the cure within.

    This book is still being written as we breathe and evaluate and marry experimental science with anecdotal evidence of powers that man has yet to explain. Even if we can not explain how the power works we can not dismiss that it exists and that science wants to know what it’s all about.

    Anne offers a clearly scripted map of how far man has come in explaining what we know and what we have still to know. And, she offers us the insight that learning unfolds in due time through the stories of each time. Each time has its own story based on its own parameters of experience. Beyond the notion of history, Anne sets the stage for an exciting future to come for all who continue to breathe. Yes, this is a good read.

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