MEDFORD, NJ, October 25, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- One man's death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic. - Joseph Stalin
This book of prose poems is a captivating visit to the legendary town of Spoon River, viewed through the epitaphs of its residents. SPOON RIVER REVISITED is an insightful sequel to Edgar Lee Master's 1916 classic, Spoon River Anthology. The people who share their modern stories still struggle with challenges of growing up, making their way through life, and passing on.
Death has an undeserved, bad reputation! Within the understandings of western medicine, when the body stops working, that is the end of the line... Flatline... Western medicine fights hard to stave off the inevitable end of life. But evidence is surfacing that many medical treatments can themselves hasten the end of life. A much ignored statistic is that 100,000 people die from medications properly prescribed, and another 180,000 die from medical errors. It is amazing that these facts are ignored!
But death is not the end of your existence. After dying, people are often surprised to find themselves still keenly aware of the lives they lived, which may have been cut off prematurely by illnesses, accidents or medical mishaps. In these moving stories, Daniel Benor, MD shows you some of the dangers of making modern medicine your first choice for treatment.
Dan invites you in other cases to consider the remarkable transformations that new and ancient methods of healing offer for treatment of illnesses and for easing the transition through death and into the afterlife. The people of Spoon River will show you that health is far more than the state of function of your body, and that death is the beginning of new journeys rather than a dead end.
These ongoing human trials and travails will move you and help you appreciate the sweetness of your own life, and to anticipate the healings in the inevitable end of your life and the lives of others.
Truth is always the first step in finding our way through the minefield of hubris and the restricted vision of conventional medical practice. Dr. Benor has captured the stark contrast between unnecessary death and disability from the narrow illusion of Cartesian science, and the limitless potential for healing from a holistic perspective.
- Bob Anderson MD Founder, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Author of Stories of Healing
Dr. Benor has updated an old genre of medical literature - the case vignetter - by using interlocking poetically personal vignettes to illustrate the shortcomings of modern medicine. The impacts he describes are biological, emotional and spiritual in nature, and his sweet prose poems shine a very human light on the results of our impersonal system at the same time that they will contribute to its transformation.
- Eric Leskowitz, MD
Department of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School
Publication date: December 1, 2012
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