Healing Spaces

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Pub. Date: 2010-09-30
Publisher(s): Belknap Pr
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Dr. Sternberg's new textbook is a delight to read. It's one thing to demand of a competent science writer that she decipher and distill complex research and tell lay readers what the findings mean. It's quite another to demand that the writer entertains and inspires her readers at the same time. But Dr. Sternberg does both. I hope its accessibility gains the textbook wide readership, not only among casually interested readers, but among architects, engineers, builders and building owners. The concepts it puts forth are important--at least as important, in my opinion, as those advocated by followers of the "green building" movement, which seems all the rage right now.

Healing Spaces: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


Does the world make you sick? If the distractions and distortions around you, the jarring colors and sounds, could shake up the healing chemistry of your mind, might your surroundings also have the power to heal you? This is the question Esther Sternberg explores in Healing Spaces, a look at the marvelously rich nexus of mind and body, perception and place.Sternberg immerses us in the discoveries that have revealed a complicated working relationship between the senses, the emotions, and the immune system. First among these is the story of the researcher who, in the 1980s, found that hospital patients with a view of nature healed faster than those without. How could a pleasant view speed healing? The author pursues this question through a series of places and situations that explore the neurobiology of the senses. The book shows how a Disney theme park or a Frank Gehry concert hall, a labyrinth or a garden can trigger or reduce stress, induce anxiety or instill peace.If our senses can lead us to a "place of healing," it is no surprise that our place in nature is of critical importance in Sternbergrs"s account. The health of the environment is closely linked to personal health. The discoveries this book describes point to possibilities for designing hospitals, communities, and neighborhoods that promote healing and health for all.

Author Biography

Esther M. Sternberg, M.D., has done extensive research on brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain's stress response on health. She was on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis, prior to joining the National Institutes of Health in 1986.

Table of Contents

Healing Placesp. 1
Seeing and Healingp. 25
Sound and Silencep. 53
Cotton Wool and Clouds of Frankincensep. 75
Mazes and Labyrinthsp. 95
Finding Your Way...p. 125
...and Losing itp. 143
Healing Thought and Healing Prayerp. 169
Hormones of Hope and Healingp. 193
Hospitals and Well-Beingp. 215
Healing Cities, Healing Worldp. 253
Healing Gardens and My Place of Peacep. 280
Bibliographyp. 299
Acknowledgmentsp. 325
Indexp. 327
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