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Jun 2014 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review: 'The Divided Mind' by John E. Sarno M. D.

'The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders' by John E. Sarno is reviewed this week by PCI College Lecturer Louise Brennan-Moroni

'The Divided Mind, The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders' was written by John E Sarno M.D. who is an Attending Physician and Director at the outpatient department, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York. Sarno is also a pioneer in the practice of Mindbody Medicine.

In this controversial book the author explores Mindbody or Psychosomatic disorders from a Freudian point of view.  Sarno presents his theory on how unconscious repressed emotions like rage and anger, have everything to do with psychosomatic illnesses.  Sarno classes illnesses such as back, neck & Limb pain, Irritable Bowl, Skin disorders and Gastroenteritis as forms of TMS - Tension Myositis Syndrome or mindbody disorders.  Throughout the book Sarno highlights ways that traditional medicines and therapies have ‘gotten it wrong’ when it comes to treating pain.

The author draws on his own experiences as a medical doctor to inform his theories.  In the final chapters of the book Sarno presents case studies and exercises which make his theory and treatment accessible to both clients and practitioners alike.

Louise Brennan-Moroni
PCI College Lecturer & PCI Counselling Service Coordinator (June 2014)

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