Holistic Healing in Byzantium

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"This fascinating volume, of impressive interdisciplinary range, trains a bright light on the therapeutic practices of Byzantine Christian medicine in wider contexts of historical anthropology and epistemology. These essays remind us of the powerful relevance of a psychosomatic, integrative approach to healing, which we call 'holistic' as though it were new. Holistic Healing in Byzantium reminds us that such an approach is anything but new. In fact, the 'news' of its antiquity condemns post-Enlightenment medical science for how it has gravely lost sight of 'the whole person,' body and soul, matter and spirit, both afflicted in any illness, both implicated in any cure. An important history that is at the same time a rehabilitation of our essential humanity." -- Kinberly C. Patton (Harvard Divinity School)