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Publisher's Note:

A New York Times Bestseller A rigorous, skeptical, deeply reported look at the new science behind the mind's surprising ability to heal the body Have you ever felt a surge of adrenaline after narrowly avoiding an accident? Salivated at the sight (or thought) of a sour lemon? Felt turned on just from hearing your partner's voice? If so, then you've experienced how dramatically the workings of your mind can affect your body. Yet while we accept that stress or anxiety can damage our health, the idea of "healing thoughts" was long ago hijacked by New Age gurus and spiritual healers. Recently, however, serious scientists from a range of fields have been uncovering evidence that our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can ease pain, heal wounds, fend off infection and heart disease and even slow the progression of AIDS and some cancers. In Cure, award-winning science writer Jo Marchant travels the world to meet the physicians, patients and researchers on the cutting edge of this new …

Overall Book Review:

Award-winning author Jo Marchant knows a thing or two about science. With a BS in genetics and a PhD in microbiology, Marchant is the perfect candidate to investigate whether the human mind can heal an ailing body. In Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body, Marchant treks all over the world, meeting with scientists regarding their latest research. Her travels uncover fascinating details about our brains and their abilities. Marchant reports about how variables like the placebo effect, hypnosis, social supports, and belief in God can aid healing. Understandably, this nonfiction is highly scientific and includes a plethora of technical descriptions and terminology. Often Cure reads more like a textbook, which may make it difficult for the casual reader to stay interested and engaged. If readers patiently wade through the technical aspects, Cure will reward them with captivating information. 

Review of an Advance Reader’s Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 3 scatological terms.

Violence/Gore:  Secondhand reports of violence involving an acid attack, avalanche death, self-mutilation, bombs, torture and an autistic child attacking a parent; several brief violent scenes include activating a roadside bomb, a car crash, earthquake, robbery, third degree burns and pouring oil on a victim. 

Sex/Nudity: A few sexual references.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, cancer, sepsis, childbirth, burns, sweat lodge deaths, drug addictions, MS, separation from family, references to teenage drinking and drug use, brief mention of assisted suicide and smoking.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Drug addictions; an incident of smoking; reference to teenage drinking and drug use.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
3
10

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.