Author(s): Jo Marchant
Can meditation protect against depression and dementia? Can the mind boost or calm the immune system? Can the experience of a 'Snow World' virtual reality reduce the pain of burns? Yes. Yes. Yes. Cure is a rigorous and sceptical look at the science behind the mind's extraordinary ability to heal the body. Award-winning science writer Dr Jo Marchant travels the world to meet the researchers, physicians and patients at the forefront of a new approach to medicine that could revolutionise the way we treat a huge swathe of illnesses. Drawing on the very latest research, she explores the neurological, hormonal and physiological processes connecting the brain with all aspects of our health. And she explains how we can apply these findings in our own lives. 'This is popular-science writing at its very best, Cure beautifully describes the cutting-edge research going on in the fascinating - and, until now, often unexplored - area of mind-body medicine.' Henry Marsh, author of Do No Harm
Shortlisted for Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016.
'This is popular science writing at its very best. Cure beautifully describes the cutting-edge research going on in the fascinating and, until now, often unexplored area of mind-body medicine. I would recommend this book to anybody who has a mind and a body.' Henry Marsh, author of Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery 'Cure represents a journey in the best sense of the word: a vivid, compassionate, generous exploration of the role of the human mind in both health and illness...A fascinating approach to medicine, full of human detail, integrity, and, ultimately, hope.' Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook and Love at Goon Park 'Ms. Marchant writes well, which is never a guarantee in this genre...The studies are irresistible, and they come in an almost infinite variety.' New York Times 'Marchant has developed a powerful and critically needed conceptual bridge for those who are frustrated with pseudoscientific explanations of alternative therapies but intrigued by the mind's potential power to both cause and treat chronic, stress-related conditions.' STARRED Review, Publishers Weekly 'A well-researched page-turner...raises questions about the role of culture, environment and neurochemistry in our responses to treatment-and may very well lead to widespread changes in the ways we practice medicine.' New York Post 'A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject.' Kirkus Reviews
Jo Marchant is the author of Decoding the Heavens, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize. She has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology and has written on everything from the future of genetic engineering to underwater archaeology for New Scientist, Nature, The Guardian, and Smithsonian. She has appeared on BBC Radio, CNN, and National Geographic. She lives in London.