This book presents attitudes, information, and tools for a holistic approach to medicine, health, and mental health. In our discussions among ourselves and with the contributing authors we defined three aspects of a holistic approach. First, such an approach involves expanding our focus to include the many personal, familial, social, and environmental factors that promote health, prevent illness, and encourage healing. Second, a holistic approach views the patient as an individual person, not as a symptom-bearing organism. This attitude emphasizes the self-responsibility of the person for his or her health and the importance of mobilizing the person's own health capacities, rather than treating illness only from the outside. Third, the holistic approach tries to make wise use of the many diagnostic, treatment, and health modalities that are available in addition to the standard materia medica- including alternative medical and healing systems as well as psychological techniques and physical modalities. Some of these methods of treatment and health practices are already accepted, others are accepted but not applied in practice, and still others need further research to explore the range of their uses.
Foreword/Senator Edward M. Kennedy -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- The Contributors -- PART ONE -- HOLISTIC MEDICINE -- 1 The Paradigm of Holistic Medicine/James S. Gordon, M.D -- PART TWO -- THE CONTEXT OF HEALTH -- 2 The Social Context of Health/Leonard J. Duhl, M.D -- 3 Family Therapy and Physical Illness/Richard Rabkin, M.D -- 4 Ecological Factors in Health, Stephen Lerner/Michael Lerner, Ph.D., and Jane Borchers, M.A -- 5 Medical Self-Care: Self-Responsibility for Health/Tom Ferguson, M.D -- PART THREE -- MODALITIES FOR HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH -- THE ROLE OF THE MIND -- 6 The Mind in Health and Disease/Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D -- 7 Biofeedback/Joe Kamiya, Ph.D., and Joanne Gardner Kamiya, M.A -- 8 Autogenic Therapy/Erik Peper, Ph.D., and ElizabethAnn Williams -- 9 Hypnosis/David B. Cheek, M.D -- 10 Meditation and Holistic Medicine/Deane H. Shapiro, Jr., Ph.D -- 11 Psychic Healing/Stanley Krippner, Ph.D -- 12 The Placebo Effect: A Neglected Asset in the Care of Patients/Herbert Benson, M.D., and Mark D. Epstein -- Annotated Bibliography/David Zeiger and Arthur Hastings, Ph.D -- THE ROLE OF THE BODY -- 13 The Physical Disciplines and Health/Donald B. Ardell, Ph.D -- 14 Touch: Working with the Body/Robert Frager, Ph.D -- 15 Chiropractic/Victoria Simons, D. C -- 16 Eastern Spiritual and Physical Disciplines and Health: Annotated Bibliography, Arthur Hastings, Ph.D., JamesFadiman, Ph.D., and JamesS. Gordon, M.D -- HEALING INPUTS -- 17 Food and Nutrition/James Fadiman, Ph.D -- 18 The Therapeutic Use of Plants/Leslie j. Kaslof -- 19 Music and Sound in Health/Helen L. Bonny, Ph.D -- 20 The Use of Light and Color in Health/Philip C. Hughes, Ph.D -- PART FOUR -- APPLICATIONS THROUGHOUT THE LIFE CYCLE -- 21 Alternatives in Childbirth/james S. Gordon, M.D., and Doris B. Haire -- 22 Holistic Approaches to Oral Health and Dentistry/Leo Wollman, M.D., Erwin DiCyan, Ph.D., George Goldberg, D.D.S., and Arthur Hastings, Ph.D, Arthur Hastings, Ph.D -- 23 Stress: The New Etiology/Thomas H. Holmes, M.D -- 24 Holistic Approaches to Healthy Aging and Programs for the Elderly/Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D -- 25 Dying and Death/Charles A. Garfield, Ph.D -- PART FIVE -- ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL PERSPECTIVES -- 26 Homoeopathic Medicine/Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D -- 27 Chinese Medicine and Holistic Health/David E. Bresler, Ph.D., C.A -- 28 Indigenous and Traditional Systems of Healing/Arthur Kleinman, M.D -- 29 Alternative Forms of Diagnosis/Arthur Hastings, Ph.D -- PART SIX -- SOCIAL AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS -- 30 Holistic Health Centers/james S. Gordon, M.D -- 31 The Future of Health Care in the United States/Rick j. Carlson,j.D -- Name and Title Index -- Subject Index.