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Cured: The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing

Flatiron: Macmillan. Feb. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781250193193. $28.99. HEALTH
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Spontaneous remission, or what appears to be miraculous healing from terminal illness, is not studied as often or closely as it should be, according to Rediger (behavioral medicine, Harvard Med Sch.). Clinicians currently treat patients based on symptoms, the author maintains, and overlook overall health including diet, stress, and personal identity. Rediger makes a compelling argument by highlighting research on connections between the mind and body, previously explored in Kelly Turner’s Radical Remission. Here, Rediger adds to spontaneous healing research by presenting case studies of terminal patients, and includes engaging lessons about pathophysiology and the history of medicine. By using analogies that enhance understanding for non-clinicians, readers learn about more than just patients experiencing illness. As a leading voice challenging current healthcare systems and treatment models, Rediger makes a convincing case to study spontaneous remissions. By doing so, we may become closer to learning why some survive, despite their odds.
VERDICT Readers with an interest in holistic medicine as well as open-minded health care providers who are willing to adopt new treatment models that focus on treating the root causes of illness will benefit most from Rediger’s call to treat more than just symptoms.

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