Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body (Paperback)Jo Marchant (author)
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The New York Times Bestseller
Shortlisted for The Royal Society Science Book Prize
Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize
Although I believe that the alternative medicine advocates are deluded with their talk of water memory and healing energy fields, I don’t think the sceptics have got it completely right either. I started to write this book because I wondered whether they, along with conventional doctors are missing a vital ingredient in physical health; an omission that’s contributing to the rise of chronic disease and sending millions of sane, intelligent people to alternative practitioners. I’m talking, of course, about the mind.
All in the mind?
Can meditation fend off dementia?
Can the smell of lavender affect the immune system?
Can your thoughts ease physical pain?
In Cure, award-winning science writer Jo Marchant travels the world to meet the physicians, patients and researchers on the cutting edge of mind-body medicine. Asking how the brain can heal the body and how we can all make changes to keep ourselves healthier.
‘The author has a gift for writing that is both clear and vivid, and communicates complex ideas in a way that is comprehensible and uncondescending.’ – The Independent
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
[Marchant] surveys with grace what we think we know, and what we would like to know, about the mysterious and troubling relationship between our minds and our bodies * * GUARDIAN * *
A revved-up, research-packed explication of the use of mind in medicine * * NATURE * *
Turns the mind-body debate on its head * * TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT * *
A well-researched page-turner . . . may very well lead to widespread changes in the ways we practice medicine * * NEW YORK POST * *
A diligent and useful work that makes the case for 'holistic' medicine while warning against the snake-oil salesmen who have annexed that word for profit * * SUNDAY TIMES * *
This is popular science writing at its very best . . . I would recommend this book to anybody who has a mind and a body -- HENRY MARSH * * author of DO NO HARM: STORIES OF LIFE, DEATH, AND BRAIN SURGERY * *
Marchant is a skeptical, evidence-based reporter - one with a background in microbiology, no less - which makes for a fascinating juxtaposition against some of the alternative treatments she discusses * * NEW YORK MAGAZINE * *
A thought-provoking exploration of how the mind affects the body and can be harnessed to help treat physical illness, by an award-winning science journalist * * ECONOMIST, Book of the Year * *
A rewarding read that seeks to separate the wishful and emotion-driven from the scientifically tested * * WASHINGTON POST * *
Marchant writes this with sparkling clarity and authority . . . much food for thought * * NUDGE * *
This is an important book, and one that will challenge those dismissive of efforts to investigate how our thoughts, emotions and beliefs might directly influence our physical wellbeing . . . intriguing and trailblazing * * SYDNEY MORNING HERALD * *
A powerful and critically needed conceptual bridge for those who are frustrated with pseudoscientific explanations of alternative therapies but intrigued by the mind's potential power to both cause and treat chronic, stress-related conditions * * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * *
Cure represents a journey in the best sense of the word: a vivid, compassionate, generous exploration of the role of the human mind in both health and illness -- DEBORAH BLUM
Optimistic . . . [and] empowering * * MAIL ON SUNDAY * *
Marchant makes her case so cogently that it is hard to disagree * * INDEPENDENT * *
Thought-provoking . . . Ms Marchant's book makes a convincing case * * ECONOMIST * *