Care of the Soul in Medicine : Healing Guidance for Patients, Families, and the People Who Care for Them

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  • Copyright: 2011-07-15
  • Publisher: Hay House Inc
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Few experiences stir the emotions and throw a person into crisis as illness does. If affects not only the body but also the spirit and soul. Illness is about life and death, fear and hope, love and conflict, spirit and body. And yet, the healthcare system is not structured around these considerations-our doctors and other medical professionals are not trained to deal with the whole person. Care of the Soul In Medicine is Moorers"s manifesto about the future of healthcare. In this new vision of care, Moore speaks to the importance of healing a person rather than simply treating a body. He gives advice to both healthcare providers and patients for maintaining dignity and humanity. He provides spiritual guidance for dealing with feelings of mortality and threat, encouraging patients to not only take an active part in healing but also to view illness as a positive passage to new awareness. While we donrs"t fully understand the extent to which healing depends on attitude; it has been shown that healing needs to focus on more than the body. The future of medicine is not only in new technical developments and research discoveries; it is also in appreciating the state of soul and spirit in illness.

Author Biography

Best-selling author and psychotherapist Thomas Moore has written numerous books on spirituality, including Soul Mates, Dark Nights of the Soul, A Life at Work, and the New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul. His latest book, Writing in the Sand, won the 2010 Books for a Better Life Award for Best Spiritual Book.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Body and Soul
Caring for People, Not Just Bodiesp. 3
The Body Is the Soulp. 19
The Healing Milieup. 37
The Spirituality of Medicinep. 55
The Soulful Healer
Bad Newsp. 75
Health Care: A Job or a Calling?p. 89
Healing Dreams and Imagesp. 101
The Soul of a Hospitalp. 113
Healing with Grace
Service to Humanityp. 127
Nurse Ratched and the Marquis de Sadep. 139
The Soul of Foodp. 153
Respect for the Bodyp. 163
Patient Healers
Healed by Illnessp. 181
Nurturing the Soulp. 191
A Practical Guide for Patientsp. 205
The Soulful Doctor and Nursep. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Endnotesp. 237
About the Authorp. 241
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