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Coyote Medicine: Lessons from Native American Healing Hardcover – 24 Feb 1997

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  • Hardcover: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD (24 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684802716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684802718
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,644,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Publishers Weekly"

A worthy complement to the work of Larry Dossey and other forward-thinking physicians.



Beth Crome

"San Antonio Express-News"

A book filled with pertinent information....Beautifully written and painfully honest...a fascinating life turned into a fascinating book.



Natalie Kupferberg

"Library Journal"

All readers, from those with a casual interest in Native American healing to health providers who want to learn more about alternative medicine, will enjoy and learn from this book.



Stanley Krupper

Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Institute, author of "The Realms of Healing"

Dr. Mehl-Madrona draws upon his Native American background to present a model of healing that is holistic, humanistic, and provocative....A beacon for medicine in the twenty-first century!



"Publishers Weekly"A worthy complement to the work of Larry Dossey and other forward-thinking physicians.

Beth Crome"San Antonio Express-News"A book filled with pertinent information....Beautifully written and painfully honest...a fascinating life turned into a fascinating book.

Natalie Kupferberg"Library Journal"All readers, from those with a casual interest in Native American healing to health providers who want to learn more about alternative medicine, will enjoy and learn from this book.

Stanley KrupperProfessor of Psychology, Saybrook Institute, author of "The Realms of Healing"Dr. Mehl-Madrona draws upon his Native American background to present a model of healing that is holistic, humanistic, and provocative....A beacon for medicine in the twenty-first century!

"One Spirit" Vivid and visionary.

Stanley Krupper Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Institute, author of "The Realms of Healing" Dr. Mehl-Madrona draws upon his Native American background to present a model of healing that is holistic, humanistic, and provocative....A beacon for medicine in the twenty-first century!

Natalie Kupferberg "Library Journal" All readers, from those with a casual interest in Native American healing to health providers who want to learn more about alternative medicine, will enjoy and learn from this book.

Beth Crome "San Antonio Express-News" A book filled with pertinent information....Beautifully written and painfully honest...a fascinating life turned into a fascinating book.

"Publishers Weekly" A worthy complement to the work of Larry Dossey and other forward-thinking physicians. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Coyote Medicine is about my struggles to integrate my Native American heritage with conventional medicine. The book starts with me in medical school at Stanford University, and tells about my dual study of traditional Native American medicine and conventional medicine. I grew up in an environment that believed in healing and discovered that my medical school professors did not agree. I set out to find a way to practice medicine that was conducive to healing.

I learned that traditional medicine people respect the time that healing requires, respect the need for a good relationship with their patients, honor the Creator as the Source of Healing, expect that a dramatic personal change is necessary for a chronic disease to turn around, enroll the community in the healing process through ceremony, and serve as keepers of the faith and hope that healing will happen.

One Spirit wrote in reviewing my book, "Convinced there could and should be a 'half-breed' medicine that integrated mainstream doctoring with traditional healing, Mehl-Madrona gradually began to add Native American sweat lodges, healing ceremonies, and vision quests to his treatment of the chronically ill -- with remarkable results: Two weeks after the desert ritual in which he (and a rattlesnake spirit) helped Lanny release the pain of childhood trauma, her ovarian cancer vanished. Visionary and vivid, Coyote Medicine is the account of one man's journey toward the kind of healing 'that must be taught in medical schools ... and brought to all those who seek true health," says Andrew Weil, MD.

"To be healed, we need to believe in the possibility of healing, and in a greater world, and in higher powers than our own... We cannot live without spirit." From the book.

Today you can find me at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where I am Medical Director of the Center for Complementary Medicine and also a faculty in the Departments of Family Practice and Internal Medicine. I am trying to do what Andy Weil suggested above.

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Format: Hardcover
Having suffered from a chronic major depressive illness for what seems like forever, and finding no relief from subscription anti-depressant medications, I was starting to panic because I was losing hope in the medical treatments that were being given to me to relieve my symptoms. I had long ago given up hope of finding someone who could possibly find the cause of this depression and be able to cure it once and for all. Thanks to fate, I guess, I picked up Dr. Mehl-Madrona's book and the rest, as they say, is history. He is director of the Center for Complementary Medicine in Pittsburgh, a two-hour drive for me, which was a small price to pay for the possibility of actually getting well. Upon first meeting Dr. Mehl-Madrona, I was struck by his unassuming, unpretentious and unthreating manner, especially in light of the fact that he is intellectually gifted. He was unlike any doctor I had ever met. We mapped out a course of treatment, which was not conventional by any stretch of the imagination. But, after only a few short months of treatment, I am a different person, a whole person, thanks to Dr. Mehl-Madrona's healing methods which integrate all levels of being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I literally owe my life to this wonderful doctor. He put me in control of my healing, but he was there with me every step of the way. He treated me as an equal, as a partner in the healing process and the results have been nothing less than amazing.
Read this book. It is a revelation of the lack of compassionate health care that is rampant in our society today. Dr.
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On combining Native American and Western medicine. Unbelievably good. I was stunned, I would never have thought a book this good could be written. I went back and bought another copy for a friend after I got my first copy. Beyond merely outstanding. Good coverage of Native American holistic approaches to healing- true healing, not mere treatment without regard for the patient as a human being. The biography part was quite relevant. This book gives me a great deal of hope in the future of medicine- just reading it feels great. I hope to see more from this author, I'd set up a standing account at Amazon to buy anything he puts out whenever it comes out, as I do with Tom Brown, Jr., books.
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This is THE best book on Native American spirituality I have ever read. Lewis Mehl-Medrano did an excellent job of sharing his autobiographical experiences as a "half-breed" in learning the spirituality of his family in a way that was relevant to those readers unfamiliar with N.A. spirituality. His presentation was refreshingly non-New Age in an honest, clearly written description of Native American healing beliefs and practices juxtaposed with his training and experiences as a western-trained medical doctor. The book was inspirational without being syrupy or lecturing. I truly enjoyed this book and will read it again.
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Excellent book as it really shows how important it is to link up conventional medicine with alternative or rather , complementary medicine . Very thought provoking and easy to read . Highly recommended .
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This book comes from a veiw that is very seldom seen in a person combining modern technology with his born heritage. He makes it seem like you are right there with him all the way through the whole experience of his life and modern practice. It is a must read for anyone who is studying Native American beleifs and culture.
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As more and more of us in the medical profesion start to learn from our ancestors; and more importantly, as we start to listen to our clients and ourselves, I have a feeling that we will hear more about this book. Maybe we will read more from the author as we let him know that he is not alone.
Kevin Bethel MD CM
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When I was doing my own book tour, I pushed Coyote Medicine as much as my own. It is exciting in that you don't have to be Native American to be inspired by the healing potential of which we are all capable. I can't seem to hang onto a copy because I keep giving it away.
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