The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine - Anne Harrington - Book Review - New York Times Yesterday I read this excellent review of a new book about the age-old question of the mind-body connection and its role in healing. Dr. Groopman says the author did a masterful job of retracing the history of the “stories” people use to give meaning to our suffering when we are sick or injured.
As a physician-survivor, I’m fascinated by patients’ struggles—including my own—to balance science and the mystery of their illnesses. In an essay for professionals in oncology, I recently wrote about mind-body healing as regards one common technique discussed in survivor circles: Visualization
Like the breast cancer patient quoted in Groopman’s book review, I have done and continue to do some things as part of my approach to healing—praying daily, painting my study pink and purple—even though I know that no solid scientific evidence exists to support that these measures will help me live longer. I do them with the hope that they just might--maybe, inexplicably--help me live longer, but primarily because of my expectation that they will help me live better in whatever time I have.
I'm looking forward to seeing what this book has to say.