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Space, Time, and Medicine

Dossey, Larry

 Dossey, an internist and chief of staff of the Medical City Dallas Hospital, draws on quantum physics, the theory of dissipative structures, Godel, etc. to provide a theoretical underpinning for modern medicine that can accommodate unorthodox aspects. He presents a holistic, nonmechanistic view that he feels is more in line with the nature of reality than the old mechanistic one. He discusses the role consciousness plays in health and disease, and he emphasizes the importance of our view of time—feeling that it may have a profound effect on our health. He proposes that a linear view of time is associated with disease and that health is associated with a nonlinear concept of time. He calls his theory the "space time model of birth, life, health and death." He proposes that the goal of the doctor is to assist the patient to realize that he or she is a "process in space time," not isolated from the world of the healthy. Dossey quotes David Bohm's "everything is alive; what we call dead is an abstraction" (p. 181).
Publisher Information:Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 1982. 248p. Chapter notes; 3 illustrations; Index: 243-248; 2 tables
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