Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine

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In this New York Times bestseller, Dr. Dossey restores the spiritual art of healing to the science of medicine. Healing Words points the way toward “a medicine that is both effective and more humane, a medicine that works better and feels better.” Cited as one of the “Top 25 Books of the Last 25 Years” by Natural Health Magazine.
Like many who believe they must choose between the intellectual and the emotional, the analytical and the spiritual, Dr. Dossey graduated from medical school with the belief that prayer was little more than superstition. After practicing medicine for many years, he was stunned to come across scientific evidence of prayer’s healing power. His “white-coated, scientific” world view undermined, Dr. Dossey embarked on ten years of research into the relationship between prayer and healing.

Citing compelling studies and case histories, Dr. Dossey breaks new ground in our understanding of how prayer complements good medicine. He describes how prayer manifests in laboratory experiments; he examines which methods of prayer show the greatest potential and how one’s innate temperament and personality affect prayer style.

As we recognize that the “empirical evidence for prayer’s power is indirect evidence for the soul,” Dossey believes we will find ourselves praying more prayers of gratitude and fewer prayers of supplication. This, asserts Dossey, is “the proper response on realizing that the world, at heart, is more glorious, benevolent, and friendlier than we have recently supposed.”

“Explores a subject that has for too long been overlooked by much of science and medicine. I
recommend it to everyone.”

Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Author of How to Live Between Office Visits; Love, Medicine & Miracles; and Peace, Love & Healing

“[A] must read for everyone . . . gems of insight and valuable information. It makes you hope that there are more physicians like him practicing medicine!”
Body, Mind, Spirit

“In Healing Words, Dr. Dossey eloquently integrates the scientific with the spiritual, shattering the long-held notion that these doctrines must somehow be exclusive”
Total Health


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