Timeless Healing

Herbert Benson, Author Scribner Book Company $24 (352p) ISBN 978-0-684-81441-4
This carefully researched and accessible study by Benson (The Relaxation Response), a professor at Harvard Medical School, focuses on the power of the mind in curing illness. Benson cites a wealth of scientific data, as well as anecdotes from patients, to establish evidence that ""remembered wellness""--his term for the placebo effect--is a major factor in relieving serious medical conditions. Remembered wellness can occur when a sick person calls the doctor for an appointment then feels much better, if not recovered, by the date of the appointment. The majority of research presented here deals with the strong negative or positive power of belief systems on the body. Benson argues that humans are genetically prone to attach meaning to life and then translate this predisposition into belief in a higher power. Faith in God, according to Benson and documented by recent studies on the positive effects of prayer, is as important to healing as are medical procedures. This is a thought-provoking inquiry into the mind/body connection. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1996
Release date: 04/01/1996
Paperback - 352 pages - 978-0-684-83146-6
Open Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-4391-7575-0
Hardcover - 417 pages - 978-1-56895-366-3
Hardcover - 350 pages - 978-0-7881-5775-2
Analog Audio Cassette - 2 pages - 978-0-671-57050-7
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