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The Healing Mind

The Healing Mind

The Vital Links Between Brain and Behavior, Immunity and Disease

Dr. Paul Martin

St. Martin's Press



In The Healing Mind, Dr. Paul Martin, a renowned professor behavioral biology, asserts that Wolfe's words are closer to the truth than we might imagine. Long the stuff of poetry and folklore, there is increasing scientific evidence that the brain and the immune system are inextricably linked. Dr. Martin illustrates with remarkable clarity that biological and psychological links that do indeed exist between mind and body--links that have in intricately constructed by evolution over the millennia, links that, when frayed or severed, are the root cause of more problems that you might imagine.

Drawing together the latest biological and medical findings, The Healing Mind explains how we can at last reconcile many commonplace notions about "psychosomatic" illness and stress with a modern scientific understanding of how the mind and body affect each other. Martin makes impressive use of literary references to illustrate the degree to which we commonly (and accurately) observe the link between health and psyche. Here, presented in a fascinating and uniquely accessible manner, are the latest scientific solutions to some ancient puzzles concerning the relationship between brain, behavior, immunity, and disease.


Praise for The Healing Mind

“A trustworthy discussion....the book spins an intricate network of mind-body connections based on common sense and the novel work of many researchers.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Engaging...comprehensive...tantalizing...scientifically sound.” —Publishers Weekly

“Captivating...Paul Martin argues brilliantly that all illnesses have psychological and emotional consequences as well as causes. I stand convinced.” —Literary Review

“An exceptionally readable--that is, both entertaining and enlightening--presentation of what is now known about how psychological and emotional states influence physical health and are in turn affected by it. A clearheaded survey of a muddy field.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Martin's clear supported by an in-depth analysis..This is highly recommended for all consumer health and public library collections.” —Library Journal

“Most of the time we think we're sick. It's all in the mind.” —Thomas Wolfe

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About the author

Dr. Paul Martin

Dr. Paul Martin received his Ph.D. in behavioral biology at Cambridge University. He was a Harkness Fellow in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He subsequently lectured and researched at Cambridge University and was elected a fellow of Wolfson College. He and his family live in England.

Paul Martin

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