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Planet Medicine, Revised Edition

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North Atlantic
March, 2001
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Richard Grossinger, whose publishing house (North Atlantic/Frog) continues to offer discerning healing arts, martial arts, and body/mind education books, here continues his ongoing revision of this monumental book. Every few years, he rewrites and updates it—a real service as the healing arts refine and redefine themselves. From Stone Age shamanism to post-industrial medicine, Grossinger, as an anthropologist, leads us through a dazzling, erudite account of the beginning concepts of medicine, healing, and cultural beliefs about disease.

As immune-system diseases proliferate—and standardized medical care comes increasingly into question—people are becoming more interested in alternative medicine. This book offers solid information on all healthcare systems, including non-Western medicine and homeopathy, and gives a complete background on historical and present-day healing practices worldwide. Carefully researched and written, this seventh edition has been updated, expanded, and redesigned for easier reading.

Planet Medicine: Origins outlines a theory of disease and healing; provides a thorough account of indigenous and alternative medicines; examines the role of medicine vis-à-vis the current ecological crisis; and looks at the effects of diet and drugs on health. Grossinger discusses how all of the medicines practiced today together comprise a worldwide philosophy of health and healing. Topics include shamanism, psychotherapy, faith healing, tribal and Chinese medicine and acupuncture, Eastern Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine, Tibetan medicine, bodywork, orgone therapy, herbalism, and self-healing, and much more.

Considered by many to be a classic in its field and adopted for university courses, Planet Medicine also discusses the political and sociological aspects of medicine.

“Every chapter challenges countercultural clichés and assumptions while revealing a deep sympathy for—and the necessity for—alternative modes of healing. This book provides a comprehensive philosophical and historical overview of healing throughout the planet.”—New Age Journal

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Planet Medicine is a major work by an anthropologist who looks at medicine in a broad context. In this edition, additions to this classic text include a section on Reiki, a comparison of types of palpation used in healing, updates on craniosacral therapy, and a means of understanding how different alternative medicines actually work. Illustrated throughout, this is the standard on the history, philosophy, and anthropology of this subject.

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