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"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.
“Harrington...has expertly mapped the transmission of mind-body ideas...showing us where they come from and why exactly they seem to have nine lives.” — Amanda Schaffer, Slate
“This brilliant study…concludes that 'mind-body medicine is a deeply storied world.'” — Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
“Splendid…Harrington's study offers a first-rate cultural history of an age-old but still much debated topic.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review