Magic Or Medicine?

An Investigation of Healing and Healers

Author: Robert Buckman

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616140461

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 261

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. . . a fascinating, informative, complete, and objective picture including descriptions, history, comparisons, and case studies about traditional and complementary medicine. . . . Highly recommended for health professionals, faculty, and students at all levels. - ChoiceModern medicine is one of the most successful branches of science, with a distinguished history of conquering many of the twentieth century's deadliest diseases. Yet today people are turning in record numbers to alternative therapies that have little or no scientific basis. What accounts for this flight from reason in the face of hard evidence that medical doctors do a better job of treating disease and alleviating suffering than their alternative counterparts?In Magic or Medicine? Dr. Robert Buckman and Karl Sabbagh offer a response to this question by critically evaluating both alternative and conventional medical approaches to patient care. The authors argue that healing has always been partly the science of clinical treatment (medicine) and partly an art (magic). Medicine may make the patient get well, but often it is magic that makes the patient feel well.With all the pressures under which they work, modern medical doctors often neglect the magic in their dealings with patients. Alternative therapists, however, frequently offer nothing but magic. Buckman and Sabbagh look closely at the claims made for both medical science and alternative treatments and discover a gap between the promises and the reality of each approach.Magic or Medicine? is vital reading for anyone conerned about the effective delivery of healthcare.Robert Buckman, Ph.D., FRCP, is a cancer specialist and assistant professor at the Toronto Bayview Regional Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital, University of Toronto. He is also the current president of the Humanist Association of Canada. Among his previous books are How to Break Bad News and I Don't Know What to Say: How to Help and Support Someone Who Is Dying.Karl Sabbagh, M.A., is a television producer whose credits include The Body in Question with Dr. Jonathan Miller. He is also the author of numerous books on scientific and medical topics, including The Living Body: A Guide to How the Body Works.

Murder, Magic, and Medicine

Author: J. Mann

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198507444

Category: Medical

Page: 256

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People have always been curious about the plants and animals with which they coexist. Primitive cultures identified edible and poisonous plants largely by trial and error, and then used them for hunting, executions, euthanasia, and magico-religious rites, as well as for their medicinal properties. In this fascinating book, John Mann investigates the evolution of modern medicine from its roots in folk medicine, and reveals the continuing importance of natural plant and animal products, many of which remain undiscovered but under threat by the wholesale destruction of the Earth's wild places. In this new edition, he has updated the material to include discussion of the background to some of the most talked-about drugs of recent years, including Prozac and Viagra. 'This is an erudite treasure trove in which each page sparkles with a concoction of historical anecdote and scientific revelation.' The Good Book Guide 'The book is peppered throughout with the legend, superstition and science of bygone ages, and interesting reading they make.' New Scientist 'This highly entertaining account investigates the evolution of modern medicines. ...Professor Mann does it with great style.' The Lancet '... an excellent introductory text for those not liable to dizziness as they jump from one culture to another, or one century to the next. ' Nature '... provides intelligent material for those advocating conservation of our global plant resources because of their potentially important reservoir of therapeutically active chemicals for animal and human disease.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Delightfully rich... buy and read Mann's wonderful book.' Chemical and Engineering News

Kings, Magic, and Medicine

Author: Daryl Peavy

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557183707

Category: History

Page: 232

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The dynamics of Traditional African Medicine/Magic, kings, mystical warriors,and priests on the rise of the Great Benin empire.

Mummies, Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt

Author: Campbell Price,Andrew Chamberlain,Roger Forshaw,Paul Nicholson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1784992437

Category:

Page: 520

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This volume, published in honour of Egyptologist Prof. Rosalie David OBE, presents the latest research on three of the most important aspects of ancient Egyptian civilisation: mummies, magic and medical practice. Drawing on recent archaeological fieldwork, new research on Egyptian human remains, reassessments of ancient Egyptian texts and modern experimental archaeology, these essays try to answer some of Egyptology's biggest questions: How did Tutankhamun die? How were the Pyramids built? How were mummies made? A number of leading experts in their fields combine both traditional Egyptology and innovative scientific techniques to ancient material. The resulting overview presents the state of Egyptology in 2016, how it has developed over the last forty years, and how many of its big questions still remain the same.

Leaves in Myth, Magic and Medicine

Author: Alice Thoms Vitale

Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 351

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A historical herbal encompassing over one hundred ten species of North American leaves explores the superstitions, beliefs, myths, medicines, and poetry attributed to each variety.

Murder, Magic, and Medicine

Author: J. Mann

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198507444

Category: Medical

Page: 256

View: 9190

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People have always been curious about the plants and animals with which they coexist. Primitive cultures identified edible and poisonous plants largely by trial and error, and then used them for hunting, executions, euthanasia, and magico-religious rites, as well as for their medicinal properties. In this fascinating book, John Mann investigates the evolution of modern medicine from its roots in folk medicine, and reveals the continuing importance of natural plant and animal products, many of which remain undiscovered but under threat by the wholesale destruction of the Earth's wild places. In this new edition, he has updated the material to include discussion of the background to some of the most talked-about drugs of recent years, including Prozac and Viagra. 'This is an erudite treasure trove in which each page sparkles with a concoction of historical anecdote and scientific revelation.' The Good Book Guide 'The book is peppered throughout with the legend, superstition and science of bygone ages, and interesting reading they make.' New Scientist 'This highly entertaining account investigates the evolution of modern medicines. ...Professor Mann does it with great style.' The Lancet '... an excellent introductory text for those not liable to dizziness as they jump from one culture to another, or one century to the next. ' Nature '... provides intelligent material for those advocating conservation of our global plant resources because of their potentially important reservoir of therapeutically active chemicals for animal and human disease.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Delightfully rich... buy and read Mann's wonderful book.' Chemical and Engineering News

Magic and Medicine

Author: Rebecca Stefoff

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1627125159

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Magic is an art form that effects events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Much of magic is rooted in tricking the viewer to look elsewhere while the effect, or trick, is performed. Medicine is rooted in science and is the practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. This book on magic and medicine shows the scientific method at work. it explores a branch of modern science or a major scientific milestone, comparing and contrasting it with an older idea that has been proved wrong or fails to meet the strict and studied standards of science.

Anglo-Saxon Magic and Medicine

Illustrated Specially from the Semi-pagan Text "Lacnunga,"

Author: John Henry Grafton Grattan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric

Page: 234

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Amagqirha

Religion, Magic, and Medicine in Transkei

Author: Joan A. Broster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780799406405

Category: Ethnology

Page: 126

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Paracelsus

Medicine, Magic and Mission at the End of Time

Author: Charles Webster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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Drawing on the whole range of relevant manuscript and printed sources, Charles Webster considers Paracelsus's life and works, explores his advocacy for total reform of the clerical, legal, and medical professions, and describes his precise expectations for the Christian church of the future.

Kings, Magic, and Medicine

Author: Daryl Peavy

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557183707

Category: History

Page: 232

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The dynamics of Traditional African Medicine/Magic, kings, mystical warriors,and priests on the rise of the Great Benin empire.

Ancient Celtic Myth, Magic, and Medicine

Author: Jonathan Klemens, FSA Scot

Publisher: BookRix GmbH & Company KG

ISBN: 386479787X

Category: Reference

Page: 12

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Essay on ancient Celtic medicine and myth with emphasis on the Druids in Britain. Discussion of herbs, trees, ansd sacred animals used by shamans.

Spirit Healing

How to Make Your Life Work

Author: Mary Dean Atwood

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402741104

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 223

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Spirit Healing: How to Make Your Life Work, is a comprehensively researched book of holistic methods for healing the body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Atwood offers a wide range of techniques--from ancient Native American methods of divination to the new theories of manifesting your desired reality using positive thoughts. This gold mind of information includes herbal remedies and nutritious foods as well as mystical exercises to help one transcend everyday life experiences. An original chapter: Attracting Bird and Animal Spirit Helpers, derives from the author's ability to interpret events through observing the actions of birds and animals. Included in the book are ways to contact your guardian angel or spirit quide and rituals for self-empowerment. Important in today's world are suggestions for removing negative energy from your body and home and a list of toxic free products. This book is the third in a series that has sold over 120,000 copies.

Flatline

Author: S. A. Magnusson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781718618831

Category:

Page: 352

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I hide from death trying to save lives, but I can't hide from my magic forever. I've avoided the magic on the this side of the Veil, staying within the realm of the nonmagical while training as an ER doctor. It's a way of hiding my dark magic from the mage council. If they discover my type of magic, the chances are good they'll burn it out of me, and in doing so, destroy my mind. Everything changes when I make the mistake of saving a sexy knight of the mage council from a magical attack. Not only am I revealed to the council, but when a high-ranking member of the council is poisoned, and no magical treatment is effective, I'm called upon to figure out what happened-and how to save him. Now I'm caught up in a magical plot beyond my abilities. Survival requires I use the dark magic flowing within me, but can I do it and avoid detection? And can I learn why my magic is so different than others with dark magic? I'm used to living on the edge of the magical world, but when I'm thrust into the heart of it, I need to use my training to protect me, or I'll lose everything I've worked for. Flatline is a fast-paced fantasy mystery with a mixture of medicine and magic that will leave you breathless.

Herbal and Magical Medicine

Traditional Healing Today

Author: James Kirkland

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822312178

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

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Herbal and Magical Medicine draws on perspectives from folklore, anthropology, psychology, medicine, and botany to describe the traditional medical beliefs and practices among Native, Anglo- and African Americans in eastern North Carolina and Virginia. In documenting the vitality of such seemingly unusual healing traditions as talking the fire out of burns, wart-curing, blood-stopping, herbal healing, and rootwork, the contributors to this volume demonstrate how the region’s folk medical systems operate in tandem with scientific biomedicine. The authors provide illuminating commentary on the major forms of naturopathic and magico-religious medicine practiced in the United States. Other essays explain the persistence of these traditions in our modern technological society and address the bases of folk medical concepts of illness and treatment and the efficacy of particular pratices. The collection suggests a model for collaborative research on traditional medicine that can be replicated in other parts of the country. An extensive bibliography reveals the scope and variety of research in the field. Contributors. Karen Baldwin, Richard Blaustein, Linda Camino, Edward M. Croom Jr., David Hufford, James W. Kirland, Peter Lichstein, Holly F. Mathews, Robert Sammons, C. W. Sullivan III

Medicine, Religion, and Magic in Early Stuart England

Richard Napier's Medical Practice

Author: Ofer Hadass

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271081732

Category: History

Page: 232

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The astrologer-physician Richard Napier (1559-1634) was not only a man of practical science and medicine but also a master of occult arts and a devout parish rector who purportedly held conversations with angels. This new interpretation of Napier reveals him to be a coherent and methodical man whose burning desire for certain, true knowledge contributed to the contemporary venture of putting existing knowledge to useful ends. Originally trained in theology and ordained as an Anglican priest, Napier later studied astrological medicine and combined astrology, religious thought, and image and ritual magic in his medical work. Ofer Hadass draws on a remarkable archive of Napier’s medical cases and religious writings—including the interviews he claimed to have held with angels—to show how Napier’s seemingly inconsistent approaches were rooted in an inclusive and coherent worldview, combining equal respect for ancient authority and for experientially derived knowledge. Napier’s endeavors exemplify the fruitful relationship between religion and science that offered a well-founded alternative to the rising mechanistic explanation of nature at the time. Carefully researched and compellingly told, Medicine, Religion, and Magic in Early Stuart England is an insightful exploration of one of the most fascinating figures at the intersection of medicine, magic, and theology in early modern England and of the healing methods employed by physicians of the era.