In this book an eminent physician explores how patients and caring
doctors can help lessen suffering when illness occurs. Dr. Howard
Spiro urges that physicians focus on their patients' feelings of
pain and anxiety as well as on physical symptoms. He also suggests
that patients and their doctors be receptive to the emotional
relief that may be obtained from nature and from hope.
Drawing on his previous highly praised work on the
doctor-patient relationship and the problem of pain, Dr. Spiro
tells how people can be helped by a combination of alternative
medicine and mainstream medicine -- a treatment of mind, body, and
spirit that energizes patients, strengthens their expectations, and
starts them on the road to feeling better. In various forms of
alternative medicine, from meditation to massage, from faith
healing to folk medicine, from herbology to homeopathy,
practitioners heed patients' complaints and help them to help
themselves. Dr. Spiro encourages physicians to talk and listen to
their patients as much as they look and measure, to treat the whole
patient and not just the disease, and to integrate a scientific
approach to medicine with alternative approaches that may alleviate
pain and suffering.
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