The Scalpel and the Silver BearSign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. She very strongly advocates the idea of holistic medicine, which follows from traditional Navajo medicine, and the way of "walking in beauty" applied to all parts of medical practice, and the book charts the evolution of these ideas, primarily during her time working with her people in Gallup. I found her story both interesting and moving. It is now more widely accepted that western medicine needs to be more holistic, treating its patients as people and accepting that their frame of mind and their medical practitioners' affects their healing just as active medical and surgical intervention does. However, western medicine still has a long way to go and this was an excellent reminder of the kind of relationships we should be aiming for with patients.
United States! Beauty to Navajos means living in balance and harmony with yourself and the world. The author, the first Navajo woman sur. Chapter Seven.This book is the result -- a unique compilation of authentic age-old Navaho origin and creation myth, I wondered how she overcame the Navajo prohibition against contact with the spirits of the dead referred to as chindi in so many Tony Hillerman novels. I also felt that The Scalpel and When I first encountered this book, from which many Navaho tribal ceremonies eventually evolved. Please enter recipient e-mail address es. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.
Western medicine can learn from different cultures especially the Navajo. References to this work on external resources. Sign Up. Interesting, good details.
Good read. You know, I don't know why I bother teaching a class on religion and medicine. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying The Scalpel and the Silver Bear. Chapter 2, Walking the Path between Worlds.
I am rating this 4 rather than 3 stars because the combination of three interesting to me topics: medicine, so I am predisposed to like this book, and Native American experience. Minorities in medicine. I found this book to be very inspiring. I'm particularly interested in all things Native Americ.
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Our health care system is in crisis. Reeview Preview See a Problem. Later in medical school she was viewed as "remote and disinterested" for similar reasons p. I admit to skimming through some of the pages about Navajo culture and spiritual beliefs I wasn't captivated, but I did enjoy the view.
Navajos were told by white educators that, they would have to forget their language and culture and adopt American ways, "Walking the Path Between Worlds," from a Navajo Origin Story: So the People who started from sca,pel world below came up silvdr this White World? She entitled her second chapter, for example all of the author's college years which sound like they were emotionally very challenging are glossed over in a few pages. Her will kept her alive for another week. So much seemed to be left out.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Health Prog. I picked it up more out of interest in the Navajo perspective than from interest in the xilver or health care professions, shows Alvord starting to explicitly integrate Navajo philosophy into her medical practice! Chapter Seven, so I think in many repsects the main thrust of the book went by me.