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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
To Heal and Tend the Body
By Robert Tisserand
Lotus Light Publications, 1990
pp 240 , Paperback
Book Description : The use of aromatic oils to soothe both physical and pyschic disorders was recognized in early Eygpt. Only recently has it been rediscovered as a pleasant treatment for a wide range of ailments. The therapuetic properties of the essential oils, together with the relaxation induced by the massage, have been found to relieve many conditions and are particulary helpful for stress-related problems.
- ATLAS OF HUMAN ANATOMY
By Frank H. Netter
Novartis Medical Education, Rochester, VT, 1990
pp 514, Hardcover
From Booknews, Inc: "Netter, creater of the classic CIBA collection of medical illustrations, has selected from those great drawings, revising some anatomy and terminology, and made new illustrations when he felt it necessary for this work. This volume has 514 color plates, many with multiple views, all done in Netter's well- known, widely-used, and lucid style. This book will displace many now used in anatomy courses as reference/text books."
This book, because of the wide recognition of its author, at last mainstreams a subject much too long submerged: alternative medicine. In particular, it (re)introduces the concept of bodymind into received Western medicine, and underscores its importance in the healing process. The book makes clear the vital role that, via the bodymind unity, the patient always plays in the health/illness/disease/cure/healing cycle.
Speaking from collective and personal experience, Moyers emphasizes the importance of Massage Therapy as a means of healing: "touch is medicine's real professional secret." Dr David Eisenberg of the Harvard Medical School points out that in Chinese medicine, massage "is a way of treating some imbalance in the body": That's why Eisenberg's hospital in China, where Western medicine is taught and practiced alongside traditional Chinese medicine, "there is a massage unit, just as we would have surgery or pediatrics." For anyone interested in MT, this book is a most encouraging sign of the times.
A Reader's Comment Everyone in the healthcare or homoeopathic medical professiona should take the MAYOFACIAL series very seriously. In praticular, neuromuscular MTs. . . The books explain pain patterns . . . they have changed my life.
In many ways, this book--for the modern Massage Therapist--may well be the strongest case for them all. For, in no uncertain terms, from the scientific point of view of a renowned anthropologist, Montagu establishes the primacy of TOUCH in basic matters of creature survival and well-being and the importance of the skin as a vital organ of the body. The importance of touching--of tactile interaction--on all facets of human development is set forth in generous and persuasive detail. All health professionals will find something of value in this seminal book, which touches upon such facets as the relation of the skin and touching to mental and physical health and the special value of massage to newborns and the elderly.
Montagu emphasizes that the sensitivity of the skin, which "represents the external nervous system of the organism, ... can be considerably impaired by the failure to receive the tactile stimuli necessary for its proper development." Need anything more be said to introduce this brilliantly written book to the serious MT who has (as yet) not read it? In fact, TOUCHING should be a recommended text book in all schools of any medical and healing discipline. As we live in an often "touch-deprived, aggression-ridden" society, a children's version of TOUCHING should find its way into our grade schools. And there is no experienced, conscientious physician who wouldn't enjoy receiving this most readable book as a gift.
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