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January 19, 1990

Peace, Love and Healing: Bodymind Communication and the Path to Self-Healing: An Exploration

Author Affiliations

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, Ill

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1990;263(3):461-462. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440030150043

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Dear Bernie:

Your book emphasized you like to be called "Bernie," so I know you would hate a reviewer saying things like, "Dr Siegel's follow-up to Love, Medicine, and Miracles is a more conscientious book" (it's better annotated, more cogently argued), or "the author is no longer advocating a personal program that approaches a religion." Bernie, I wanted to believe your first book, though not so much as my oncology patients did. Now this book I can work with, because I do not fear it will hurt my patients, who might have been in a "blaming the victim" bind if they did not achieve a miracle by the end of your initial book.

I hope that my and others' patients who failed your first book will try again. I like your exhortation for patients to participate in their care. Your warnings not to be doomed by statistics or protocols, or