This three-volume textbook set, edited by Ilene Serlin is a valuable resource on whole person care — encompassing the mind, body, and spirit.

Whole Person HealthcareTitle: Whole Person Healthcare [Three Volumes]
Editor: Ilene Ava Serlin (Gen. ed.) Praeger Perspectives
ISBN: 0-275-99231-4/978-0-275-99231-6


Introduced by two giants in the field of medicine, David Spiegel, M.D., of Stanford University and Dean Ornish, M.D., at the University of California, these volumes show how Western and non-Western healing practices–including yoga, meditation, QiGong, art, music, and dance therapy–are being integrated with modern Western medicine and psychology, in hospitals and at nontraditional healthcare facilities. Breaking research on this growing field is featured, as are observations by healthcare professionals who say the new approaches are helping patients–and also helping professionals rediscover their ancient role as healers. Each focused, practical chapter includes a Tool Kit for Change, summarizing major treatment points from a particular perspective. Examples of training templates, funded programs, and treatment protocols are included. Prevention and lifestyle are addressed, as are cures.


Whole Person Healthcare is a glimpse into the future of healing. It is a magnificent effort, bringing together authorities who have made landmark contributions in fashioning a form of healthcare that honors all we are–body, mind, spirit. These volumes demand our attention, because no other approach to healing deserves to be called scientific or humane.

–Larry Dossey, M.D. author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things 

Whole Person Healthcare is an extremely valuable new textbook on mind/body medicine. Its outstanding contributors provide an impressive collaboration among psychology, medicine, and pastoral counseling, and it offers an integrative foundation of theory, research, and clinical practice. Deeply humanistic at its core, it should be a required textbook in medical education.

–Martin L. Rossman, M.D., Dept. of Medicine, UCSF Medical School

This three-volume set is a complete and useful guide to empowering the learner to provide whole person care. The authors and editors have done an excellent job taking an often “gray” subject and applying expertise to make it useful and practical. The work will help us prepare for the health care of the future, which will be whole person and healing oriented.

 –David Rakel, M.D. Director, UW Integrative Medicine University of Wisconsin Medical School

This ground-breaking collection edited by Ilene Serlin brings to full realization a remarkable new phase in the reunion of mind, body, and spirit.

 –Alan Combs, author of The Radiance of Being

These volumes provide a thoughtful and comprehensive overview of what we now know about the ways our thoughts and feelings, the world we live in, and the way we approach it, can contribute to the progression of the illnesses that beset us. Its distinguished contributors also show us how we can use music, art, dance and, even more important, the creative power of our imagination and the blessings of spirituality, to improve our health and enhance our lives.

 –James S. Gordon, M.D. Chair, White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP) Director, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Author Information:

ILENE AVA SERLIN, Set Editor, is a Clinical Psychologist and Registered Dance/Movement Therapist in private practice in San Francisco and Marin County. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, past President of the Division of Humanistic Psychology and served on the APA’s Presidential Task Force on Whole Person Psychology. She is Founder of the Arts Medicine Program at the Institute of Health and Healing at California Pacific Medical Center. Serlin has taught at Saybrook Graduate School, at the University of California, Los Angeles, at Lesley University, and abroad. She is on the Editorial Boards of PsycCritiques, American Journal of Dance Therapy, and The Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

List Price: $300.00 Publication: 8/30/2007

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