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Spontaneous Healing
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Andrew Weil is Associate Director of the Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona. He teaches in the areas of alternative medicine, mind/body interactions and medical botany. Dr. Weil conducts a general practice in Tucson, Arizona, focusing on natural and preventative medicine Previously he worked for the National Institute of Mental Health, served on the research staff of The Harvard Botanical Museum and advised Congress on alternative cancer therapies. His articles have appeared in national publications including the New York Times Magazine, Nature and The New England Journal of Medicine. He lectures often and appears regular on national television and radio shows.

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Arizona doctor Weil leads the movement to combine alternative forms of medicine with standard treatment.

As others argue the politics of health care, Weil (Health and Healing) turns away from the usual practice of Western medicine, which is focused on alleviating symptoms rather than strengthening internal mechanisms of health, to closely consider the nature of the healing process. ``At every level of biological organization, from DNA up,'' he writes, the ``mechanics of self-diagnosis, self-repair and regeneration exist in us.'' To buttress his point, he cites such evidence as the placebo effect, inexplicable remissions and the commonplace repair of wounds, often marginalized by the medical community. In an effort to make the process of healing seem less obscure, Weil reports a wide range of dramatic case histories. Other sections detail various means, e.g., diet and breathing exercises, available for optimizing one's healing system, and suggestions for approaches to illnesses. Also included are an ``Eight Week Program for Optimal Healing Power'' and a guide to finding practitioners, supplies and information. (May)

"DR. ANDREW WEIL IS AN EXTRAORDINARY PHENOMENON."
--The Washington Post

"MEMORABLE . . . DR. WEIL MAKES HIS CASE CAREFULLY AND CLEARLY."
--The New York Times Book Review "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
--Library Journal (starred review)

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