This book takes a look at the problem of chronic illness and chronic pain and offers new insight into their origins, their meaning in our lives and the very real opportunity they present for our profound and far-reaching healing. Chronic conditions are by definition those which do not respond to our treatment of them. And because we cannot cure them, these intractable problems can offer an opportunity to both doctors and patients to re-examine the whole approach to sickness, pain and disease commonly taken by our society.
Science in this century has shown that common sense is not a reliable guide to understanding how things work. In Paradox and Healing, Drs. Greenwood and Nunn show why this same caution applies to staying well and overcoming illness. Unless we make a place for the paradoxical, we will never understand health and illness. That’s why this book is an important contribution. –Larry Dossey, M.D.