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Tending the Spirit in Cancer 

Tending the Spirit in Cancer
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Tending the Spirit in Cancer
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Rachel Naomi Remen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0028
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date: 19 October 2019

Chapter 28 discusses the importance of addresses the ‘spirit’ in cancer treatment, how significant illness can cause a shift in values and perspective of the patient, family members, and others, how the experiences of healing, suffering and spirituality can be connected, and how engaging with the spiritual dimension of their treatment is often a deliberate choice. It also discusses how Integrative medicine has been described as the “medicine of the whole person” and it is conceptualized as a medicine that addresses the full range of a patient's needs, and the wider implications to this new approach. It covers how the practice of integrative medicine enables both medics and patients to invite life in its wholeness into hospitals, clinics, and workplaces and to be willing to meet it there.

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