Heilung von innen
Die neue Medizin der Selbstheilungskräfte
Verlag: Rowohlt, Reinbek 2016
ISBN: 9783499619359 | Preis: 16,99 €
The title of the original English publication “Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body” does not contain the word “science” for nothing. The title, blurb and cover of the German edition, on the other hand, lead buyers down a false path by giving the book an esoteric guise — that definitely does not reflect the content. Even if readers do get some advice here and there on how to take their health into their own hands, this is overwhelmingly a scientific nonfiction book.
Jo Marchant, an English science journalist with a doctorate in microbiology and a former editor at “Nature,” shines with extensive research and clean evidence as well as citations. The book provides a comprehensive overview of those phenomena where the psyche sometimes influences the body in phenomenal ways. The author thus repeatedly pleads for a more open approach to methods of alternative medicine: “We don’t have to deny scientific findings and logical thinking (…) in order to benefit from the healing properties of the psyche.”
The bottom line is that, despite some weaknesses, this impressive work is an interesting, well-researched contribution to a field that is practically flooded with esoterically inclined publications. It would be a pity if the book simply drowned in this swamp.
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