Physical, Chronic & Life-threatening Illness
David Bresler, PhD, LAc, Marty Rossman, MD, Rachel Naomi
Remen, MD, O. Carl Simonton, MD, Jan Maxwell, RN, Terry
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examines the many uses of guided imagery in working with
people with physical illnesses, with an emphasis on issues
accompanying chronic, catastrophic, and life-threatening
Many of the same approaches that are helpful in working on
psychological issues with people are also helpful to people
coping with or adapting to physical illness, though special
precautions and caveats apply.
In addition, imagery can often be helpful in relieving pain
or other symptoms, helping people to tolerate difficult
medical procedures, and in stimulating healing responses in
The onset of serious or life-threatening illness creates a
number of crises that need to be addressed by the patient
and helping professional if the patient is to meet the
challenge of the illness most resourcefully.
These special needs are examined and worked with in detail,
with special attention to the utility of imagery in helping
to meet these needs.
Special attention is also given to issues in chronic pain,
cancer, and AIDS as models for some of the most demanding
and enriching work one can do.
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