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Care of the Soul in Medicine

Author(s): Thomas Moore

ISBN13: 9781401925635

ISBN10: 1401925634


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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 Moores 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 dont 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. Care of the Soul In Medicine is the perfect guide to this powerful holistic approach.

  • Thomas Moore

      Thomas Moore is the author of numerous popular spiritual books including the New York Times best seller, Care of the Soul. He is a Roman Catholic and a Jungian psychotherapist. After the success of Care of the Soul and its companion volume Soul Mates, he became a full-time professional writer. His most recent book, A Life at Work, was published this spring by Broadway.

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    I wish Care of the Soul in Medicine had been available when I was a medical student, because it is one of the wisest guides for health-care professionals I have ever read. Moore shows that without attention to the spirit, there can be no true heeling. If taken seriously, the wisdom in his book could transform medicine n America. This book is desperately needed by patients, too, and by all those who love and care for them.

    - Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Power of Premonitions and Healing Words

    "This accessible and engaging book reminds us that caring is a sacred calling; that care of the body is care of the soul; and that health care practiced with depth, beauty, respect, and meaning can snaps form our hospitals into temples of healing. I would love to think that every medical student would read this book."

    - Michael Kearney, M.D., medical director of palliative care service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, associate medical. director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, medical director to the Anam Cara Project for Compassionate Companionship in Life and Death, and author of Place of Healing and Mortally Wounded

    "Thomas Moores Care of the Soul in Medicine is an unusually thoughtful exploration of current medical culture and its focus on treatment and cure, often at the expense of caring and healing. He makes an inspirational and convincing case for true transformation in health care that goes beyond our fascination with technology to encompass heart, mind, and spirit."

    - Susan B. Frampton, Ph.D., president of Planetree, a nonprofit organization and internationally recognized leader in patient-centered care

    "Care of the Soul in Medicine may be your best friend through illness, and a life-giving companion for many who seek to reclaim the joy they once knew in the healing arts."

    - Rev. Dr. Marcus M. McKinney, D. Min., LPC, director, Department of Pastoral Counseling and Community Outreach, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; and assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

    In his latest volume on everyday upkeep of the soul, psychotherapist/theologist and prolific author Moore (Care of the Soul, Soul Mates, Dark Knights of the Soul) looks at the ways that health care addresses the spirit and soul-with body, the three distinct aspects of the human condition-and the how it can do so better. Addressing providers and patients, Moore gives readers ways to tell if a doctor works with his soul, explaining why a good bedside manner-a sense of connection, a willingness to take off the mask-is a vital characteristic of an effective healer, but also addresses topics like a providers sense of calling, spiritual meaning, the relevance of emotional and personality issues, and the physical environment itself. An understanding of often-unconscious factors he calls "emotional complexes" is key, and Moore takes readers through his concepts with an insightful and accessible voice, offering much reassurance and love as he goes. Citing his extensive scholarly background and his own experience with doctors, Moore challenges the modern notion of dispassionate and highly regimented health care, offering practical and conceptually simple ideas to incorporate awareness of "soul" into the health care equation.

    - Publishers Weekly


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