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May 05, 1999

Healing Lessons

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by Sidney J. Winawer, With Nick Taylor, 273 pp, $24.95, ISBN 0-316-94509-9, New York, NY, Little, Brown & Co, 1998.


Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

JAMA. 1999;281(17):1650-1651. doi:

This is a very personal account of the experiences of a gastrointestinal oncologist whose wife, Andrea, developed a highly aggressive metastatic carcinoid tumor at the age of 46. She survived far longer than might be expected by virtue of a combination of therapies, all of which intimately involved the author. One of the purposes of this book is to discuss the concept of complementary medicine as opposed to alternative medicine and to demonstrate the role it had in influencing both the quality and duration of Andrea's survival.