February 17, 1999
February 17, 1999
Explains the science behind the brain's opiate receptors and other evidence of the intimate connections between mind and body
Brain biochemist and all-around dynamo, Candace Pert, explains the science behind the new mind-body medicine, the result of hundreds of lectures the author has given to scientist colleagues, medical professionals, and lay people. Pert, who may be best known for her appearance on Bill Moyers' popular TV program HEALING AND THE MIND, translates technical jargon in a way that unlocks the thrilling mysteries of such things as opiates and peptides, turning them into key players in a drama about the human body. The author, chief of brain biochemistry at the National Institute of Health for many years, theorizes that emotions are the message centers linking the physical body and the more elusive mind. Pert shares her delight about the implications: a complete overhaul of the world of medicine, where patients have an active role in their own healing and turn directly to scientific innovations to help them in that pursuit. This book is also her own, somewhat controversial story of how she rejected the traditional world of science to pursue her passion for alternative healing. Pert achieved a certain celebrity in the 1970s for her discovery of the brain's opiate receptors. She later became known as a feminist rebel for publicly speaking out when she was not honored with a prestigious award, and then later, when the government ignored her efforts to interest them in an AIDS drug she discovered. This book, which offers an introduction by mind-body guru Deepak Chopra, is a page-turning memoir of an intriguing career.
- Genre: Science, Medical, Psychology
- Subgenre: Biochemistry, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience, Life Sciences / Biochemistry, Emotions, General
- Language: English
- Author: Candace B. Pert
- Online Item #: 11981737
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-0830
- ISBN: 9780684846347
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported