Special Programming

KPFA Special Broadcast – May 23, 2006

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Excerpts form the documentary "The New Medicine." Extraordinary changes are taking place in American medicine today. Driven by new scientific evidence, doctors are coming to understand that treating the body alone is not enough – the mind can also play a critical role in the healing process.

Many physicians are embracing a more holistic form of healthcare, seeking to heal the whole person. Treatments once considered fringe, including visualization, meditation and hypnosis, are being prescribed alongside high-tech western medicine. And medical schools are placing new importance on teaching the "softer side of medicine": listening and communicating.

Hosted by Dana Reeve in one of her last public appearances, The New Medicine is a revealing look at physicians on the cutting edge of this approach.

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