The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 16, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 336 pages
From psychoanalysis to the placebo effect, this vibrant history describes the commitments to mind-body healing as rooted in a patchwork of stories that have allowed people to make sense of their suffering, express discontent with existing care, and rationalize new treatments and lifestyles.
 

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Like any human endeavor, mind-body medicine has a history which can help us make sense of the present. The author highlights 6 different narratives that have shaped our understanding (and even our ... Read full review

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Harrington is chair of the History of Science Dept. at Harvard and this is a necessary, often skeptical look at what is currently called complimentary medicine. The chapter on meditation and the so ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction STORIES SCIENCE
15
Chapter One THE POWER OE SUGGESTION
31
Chapter Two THE BODY THAT SPEAKS
67
Chapter Three THE POWER OE POSITIVE THINKING
103
Chapter Four BROKEN BY MODERN LIEE
139
Chapter Five HEALING TIES 17 5
175
Chapter Six EASTWARD IOURNEYS
205
Conclusion MAKING SENSE
243
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Select Bibliography
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Anne Harrington is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science and faculty dean of Pforzheimer House at Harvard University. She is the author of four books, including Mind Fixers and The Cure Within. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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