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Heart-Aches: Heart Disease and the Psychology of the Broken Heart [Paperback]

Rudiger Dahlke

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  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Bluestar Communications,U.S. (1 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885394144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885394149
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,431,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars controversial views about mind-body connection 4 Oct 2013
By Frank C. Revelo - Published on Amazon.com
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The basic theme in this and other books by Rudiger Dahlke, MD is that the a mind determines health more than is commonly accepted. Nothing controversial about mind-body connection itself. Most western doctors and lay people would agree that the stress can cause headaches, neckaches, backaches, upset stomachs, and so on. Where Dahlke differs from most western doctors and lay people is his idea that the mind can cause heart disease, cancer, tuberculosis, and similar diseases that western medicine regards as being determined solely by the body. In Dahlke's view, the mind expresses suppressed psychic suffering as bodily illness, using the language of metaphor and symbolism. Thus if our psychic life is constricted, we express that by constriction of the blood vessels near the heart (angina pectoris). And so on. A misinterpretation of Dahlke's views is to say people get sick because they want to be sick, and thus they deserve no sympathy. A more correct interpretation is to say the patient must be treated holistically. If you treat the body without relieving the underlying psychic stress, that psychic stress will simply manifest in another bodily illness.
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