- An evaluation of modern day medicine written by renowned cardiologist and healer Dr. Bernard Lown
- Shows that the biggest problem in medicine today is the lost interpersonal relationship between patient and doctor
- Describes how healing is an art and how it can be integrated with standard medical practices
The real crisis in medicine today is not about economics, insurance, or managed care—it’s about the loss of the fundamental human relationship between doctor and patient. In this wise and passionate book, one of our most eminent physicians reacquaints us with a classic notion often overlooked in modern medicine: that healing is an art.
Drawing on four decades of practice as a cardiologist and a vast knowledge of literature and medical history, Dr. Lown probes the heart and soul of the doctor-patient relationship. Insightful and accessible to all, The Lost Art of Healing describes how true healers use sympathetic listening and touch to hone their diagnostic skills, how language affects the perception of illness, how doctors and patients can cultivate a relationship of trust, and how patients can obtain the most complete and beneficial care through a combination of healing techniques and conventional practices.
As Dr. Lown explains, the art of healing does not mean abandoning the spectacular advances of modern science, but rather incorporating them into a sensitive, humane, enlightened approach to medical care. With its urgent message and poignant, fascinating vignettes, The Lost Art of Healing is a book of vital, universal importance.
The Lost Art of Healing was first published in 1996 by Balantine Books and reprinted in 1999. It has now been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Portugese, Russian, German, and Spanish.
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