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240 pages, 7" x 10"
(Smyth-sewn softcover)
ISBN: 0-939616-21-1


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Mind Matters: Psychological Medicine in Holistic Practice
by J. R. Millenson, Ph.D., M.R.H.

Mind Matters is a textbook of mind-body medicine written for students and practitioners of alternative medicine. It brings together in one coherent volume practical techniques in psychological medicine-what Plato called "healing with words"-for those wishing to work more deeply with the emotional and mental aspects of illness.

Mind Matters balances a scientific approach towards health psychology with humanistic conceptions of medicine as an art. It presents a rigorous exposition of the theory and practice of health psychology from the standpoint of natural medicine, one in which the causes of illness are set in the wide-angled lens of a multicausal, biopsychosocial orientation.

"A bold, comprehensive review of contemporary understanding of the dynamic interplay between mind and body."
Dana Ullman, M.P.H. Author, Discovering Homeopathy

"One of the most important publications in alternative medicine in the last twenty years. Nothing comparable to this book is currently available. . . Sets a new standard for psychological health writing."
Vis Medicatrix Naturae

"A much needed counterbalance to many dry and uninspiring health psychology texts."
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

"Mind Matters attempts to make the core concepts of health psychology and the basic tools of psychotherapy accessible to the practitioner of natural medicine. While no substitute for a diploma in counselling or psychotherapy, it does succeed in demystifying psychology and makes a case that we can do systematically what we are currently doing haphazardly, and thereby increase our effectiveness."
Aromatherapy Quarterly

"This book is targeted at students and practitioners of natural medicine, as well as the general reader, and succeeds in this aim. A difficult task of merging psychological medicine, which after all takes its historical and practice roots in the West, with natural (herbal) medicine has been achieved."
Behaviour, Research & Therapy


  • What is Psychological Medicine?
  • Historical & Psychological Background of Medical Models
  • The Logics of Modern Psychology
  • The Psychobiology of Stress
  • Stress & Human Disease
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Managing Stress
  • Pain
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Psychosomatics: Personality & Disease
  • Psychological Aspects of Common Syndromes
  • The Language of Disease
  • Patient/Practitioner Partnership
  • Case Studies in Psychological Medicine
  • Annotated Bibiographies
  • Index
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