It has been said that every life is like a book. It may be more accurately stated that every life is like an entire library. This is particularly so where one has sought to live according to what Socrates termed an examined life.
Despite the levelling and devaluing changes wrought by the popular and electronic media, we remain, at deeper levels of reflection, a highly literate society. Our books are repositories of practical and theoretical knowledge. And some of our books will ever remain perennial sources of wisdom.
Culturally, we place a high value on education, for it enables us to become familiar with the mental tools that can empower our lives and actions. Our educational forms also provide a common basis for communication with each other and the traditions that have helped to shape the many disciplines that contour material and social reality.
This section of The Healing Project carries a range of literary resources that I have found personally useful in the development of a holistic view of life. The phenomenon of healing is multidimensional. It is not only our bodies that may be in need of healing. We are also mental, spiritual and social beings situated in an energetically-charged material world.
Our social realities are conditioned by familial, occupational, institutional and political structures. Each or any of these may be in need of healing. And we live within political and occupational complexes that often undermine our biological, mental and social health.
We are also inhabitants of an earth that now buckles and strains under the weight of a technological civilisation that has progressively encumbered the air that we breath, denatured the soils that provide our nutriments, destroyed the forests that renew the air and shelter myriad forms of life, and poisoned the rivers and oceans that harbour unseen worlds. As Thomas Berry so astutely observed, “we cannot have well humans on a sick planet.”
The purpose of these literature reviews is to provide visitors to this site with a brief overview of a number of texts that have been influential in the development of many of the ideas that have found expression in Holism and Complementary Medicine.
These reviews, with representative excerpts from the texts, will hopefully provide visitors with a sense of each author’s style and scope, and thereby offer encouragement to seek out the texts themselves, for that is where the real nourishment resides.
I wish thank my former secretaries Louise Leone and Annie Gillison who have, over the years, carried the lion’s share of transcribing much of the material that follows.
David Crow (2000): In Search of the Medicine Buddha.pdf
Arthur Edward Waite (1888): The Works of Thomas Vaughan (Eugenius Philalethes).pdf
David White (1996): The Alchemical Body. Siddha Traditions in Medieval India.pdf
Meredith McGuire (1988): Ritual Healing in Suburban America.pdf
Critiques of Biomedicine
E.R. Brown(1979): Rockefeller Medicine Men. Medicine and Capitalism in America.pdf
Kenneth Pelletier (1994): Sound Mind, Sound Body. a New Model for Lifelong Health.pdf
Ivan Illich (1976): Limits to Medicine; Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health.pdf
Rick Carlson (1975): The End of Medicine.pdf
Critiques of Complementary Medicine
Cultural and Historical Studies
Francis Bacon (1625): Essays.pdf
Leopold Kohr (1957): The Breakdown of Nations.pdf
Stephen McKnight (1989): Sacralizing the Secular: The Renaissance Origins of Modernity.pdf
History and Philosophy of Medicine
Jeanne Achterberg (1990): Woman as Healer.pdf
Donald Atkinson (1956): Magic, Myth and Medicine.pdf
Warren R. Dawson (1926): Magician and Leech: A Study in the Beginnings of Medicine with Special Reference to Ancient Egypt.pdf
Martin Gilbert (1987): The Holocaust. The Jewish Tragedy.pdf
Joachim Fest (1970): The Face of the Third Reich.pdf
Kathleen Raine (1970): William Blake.pdf
Andrew Dobson (1995): Green Political Thought.pdf
R.D. Laing (1967): The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise.pdf
Qualitative Research Methods
The Wisdom Traditions
Bernard Ruffin (1991): Padre Pio. The True Story
Nicholas Berdyaev (1939): Spirit and Reality
Teresa of Avila. Autobiography (trans. J.M. Cohen, 1957)
Thomas a Kempis. The Imitation of Christ.pdf
The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton.pdf
The Yoga Tradition
Theos Bernard (1950): Heaven Lies Within Us.pdf
Ragavan Iyer (1983): The Golden Verses of Pythagoras.pdf
Signe Toksvig (1948): Emanuel Swedenborg. Scientist and Mystic
More reviews coming!