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Spirituality and the Practice of Health Care - Simon Robinson

Spirituality and the Practice of Health Care

Paperback Published: 19th November 2003
ISBN: 9780333777978
Number Of Pages: 251

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Modern medicine has been staggeringly successful in delivering better health and longer lifespan. But in the developed world doctors are still struggling to treat chronic, often lifestyle-related killers such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Physicians also have little in their armoury to cope with the huge increase in immune system problems such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Millions of people are turning to alternative therapies, feeling that they provide the relief medical science cannot deliver. Only a handful of these therapies have been properly tested so many scientists dismiss them as nonsense.
The Whole Story Toby Murcott rounds up the latest evidence on the placebo effect, the randomized control trial, personalized genetic medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy and more. It comes to a provocative conclusion: alternative therapies could provide valuable new ways to help chronic diseases. Biochemist and science journalist Toby Murcott challenges conventional medicine to drop its prejudices and investigate these treatments rigorously in pursuit of powerful new approaches to healthcare.

List of Boxes and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Spirituality: The Story so Farp. 1
Spirituality: A Working Definitionp. 20
Health, Illness, Suffering and Spiritualityp. 53
Spirituality and Assessmentp. 76
Spirituality in Practicep. 92
From the Cradle ...p. 123
... to the Gravep. 156
Spirituality and Mental Healthp. 185
Spirituality and Learning Disabilityp. 210
Spirituality and the Professionsp. 222
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780333777978
ISBN-10: 0333777972
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 19th November 2003
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1