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The Healing Paradox


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STEVEN GOLDSMITH, MD, has been practicing medicine, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and homeopathy for 40 years and has held faculty and staff positions at Boston University, Tufts University, and New York University School of Medicine. For the past 20 years, he has been giving lectures to professional and lay audiences on various aspects of psychiatry and psychotherapy, as well as alternative forms of psychiatric and medical treatment. The author lives in Portland, OR.


"Accepted truths about modern medicine are upended in Goldsmith's provocative work. ... Disease is not a thing, he says, so it should not be treated as such; instead, it's a pattern of dysfunction. What we thought was bad for us is often good, and psychology is the best paradigm for studying how organisms respond to treatment. ... [The Healing Paradox is] a psychiatrist's well-presented point of view on the shortcomings of modern medicine."

"A fascinating work illustrated throughout with case study examples and public health data, as well as Dr. Goldsmith's own professional experience and expertise as a medical doctor and psychiatrist, The Healing Paradox is exceptionally informative and very well written, making it appropriate for non-specialist general readers with an interest in alternative medicine and mental health issues. With its impressive level of medical scholarship and comprehensive approach, The Healing Paradox is also very highly recommended for community and academic library collections as well."
--Midwest Book Review "Dr. Goldsmith is a medical insider with a truly revolutionary message: the very principles and assumptions that underlie conventional medicine are contributing to its failures. His solution is equally revolutionary.... An engrossing and timely book."
--Amy L. Lansky, PhD, author of Impossible Cure and Active Consciousness ..". stunning in both its scope and its relevance to anyone who wants to go beyond superficial symptom management ... a work of timeless value for all who are eager to understand real health."
--Scott Shannon, MD, author of Mental Health for the Whole Child and former president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine "An indispensible and in-depth examination of perhaps the least known, yet most fundamental, principle of human healing.... Essential reading."
--Larry Malerba, DO, author of Green Medicine ..". eloquent, original, fascinating."
--Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health ..". a thought-provoking book, one that urges readers to rethink, on a fundamental level, the merits of allopathic medicine.... An engaging read."
--Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic ..". a gold mine of thought-provoking insight."
--C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, author of Energy Medicine and founding president of the American Holistic Medical Association "Dr. Goldsmith's fine book challenges the orthodox paradigm of biomedicine and argues for a radical revision of medical thinking."
--James Lake, MD, author of Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care and chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health

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