Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing From A Surgeon's Experience With Exceptional Patients by Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. is a positive approach to healing, and if I had one phrase to describe it's philosophy I would say the magic bullet presented is unconditional love.
I have always been a proponent of loving unconditionally; it has worked so well in my life in times of both sickness and health, bringing a state of meditative relaxation to me while loving unconditionally and a harmonious state of mind to the recipient.
This is Dr. Siegel's first book in his series on techniques and ways we promote our healing and benefit others in their recovery process. It is also available in other formats listed at the foot of this review.
I was inspired when I first read through this volume - my usual practice with a new book is to open it to the center and scan to the front and to the back. But with this book after scanning to the front I had to immediately stay at the front and start reading because it is chock full of useful information; a wealth of insight from a well-respected man in his field.
Even his photo is inspiring, full of light and warmth. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, Dr. Siegel's is worth many times over that. As with his photo, his words of wisdom are inspiring and a great help to anyone coping with catastrophic illness. And as a caregiver at times in my life I find his advice on tender loving care is right on and contagious to the patient, lightening their attitude and relaxing their body.
The book is laid out in two main sections which in themselves speak for the intertwined nature of the mind and body and their influence on each other. Part I. MINDING THE BODY and Part II. EMBODYING THE MIND are appropriate plays on words that characterize their inseparable nature.
Even though I began reading in earnest at the front of the book the ending was most inspiring reminding us we all die but most of us can choose our moment if it is after a long period of illness. When we relax and let go with feelings of love all around us, knowing those we love will survive because of the love and nurturing we have shown, we can peacefully let go.
Details - 272 pages paperback; Harper Paperbacks (June 6, 1990) ; 8.1 by 5.3 by .7 inches; ISBN-10: 0060919833 ISBN-13: 978-0060919832
Review by Susan Helene Kramer
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