Medicine for the whole person: A Critique of Scientific Medicine
E K Ledermann Shaftesbury: Element 1997; £8.99 ISBN 1862040567
I wanted this book to offer some insight into “alternative” styles of medical practice, to present its arguments clearly, and to offer something illuminating. Instead I found myself frustrated and annoyed by its failure to deliver much beyond glib assertion and pious moralising.
In fairness, however, the author's intentions in writing this book are admirable. As a psychiatrist and practitioner of homoeopathy who is clearly disillusioned with the fundamental approach of “orthodox” or “scientific” medicine, he attempts to provide an antidote to the ills of modern medicine and society as a whole. Simply put, his thesis asserts that modern individuals are bereft of a spiritual and ethical conscience arising from their “true-selves.” He believes that we have had our “core innateness” replaced with a “protean” self of no substance. From this flows the ills of modern life-suicide, drugs, depression, and disenchantment.