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Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine Paperback – Feb 17 1999
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From Library Journal
Intrigue at the "Palace": back-stabbing, deceit, shunning, love affairs. This is not the plot to I, Claudius but the account Pert gives of her time working at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a.k.a. the Palace. Yet her time at NIH is not the central point here. Nor are the molecules of the title, although they do get due coverage. Pert offers mainly an account of her journey from a conventional scientist to one who also embraces complementary and alternative medicine. The journey is long and not without price. She was passed over for the Lasker and Nobel prizes for her work on opiate receptors while colleagues were recognized; she believes that her development of a potential AIDS drug was thwarted owing to scientific dirty pool as well as her being a woman in a man's world. Along the way, she took control of her career, her life, and her personal mission. This is an eye-opening book for anyone who thinks that people with medical degrees act more civil or are more altruistic than the rest of us, though Pert also shows that some do rise above the fray. Recommended for academic and special libraries.?Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Pert, a self-described ``catalyst in the mindbodyspirit revolution in modern medical science,'' and once a chief of brain chemistry at the NIH, freely intermingles vibrant stories of her professional and personal life with her theories about neuropeptides. Currently a research professor at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, Pert may be best known as one of the scientists on Bill Moyers's PBS series Healing and the Mind. In the early 1970s, she made a name for herself with her key role in discovering the brain's opiate receptors. For the next decade, however, owing to her protests over her exclusion from the prestigious Lasker Award, her reputation among scientists was more that of feminist troublemaker than pathfinder. Certainly the picture she draws here of the science establishment would seem to suggest a world of aggressive, even ruthless, alpha males fighting for the top prize. She also traces her own evolution from competitive bench scientist to explorer of personal healing modalities. The death of her father, the end of her marriage, her resignation from the NIH, her embracing of the Christian faith, and her discovery of the healing power of dreams--all were, she says, life-shaping events. Pert also explains her theory that neuropeptides and their receptors are the biochemicals of emotions, carrying information in a vast network linking the material world of molecules with the nonmaterial world of the psyche. Her views on mind-body cellular communication mesh well with the concepts of energy held by many alternative therapies, and she is now, not surprisingly, a popular lecturer on the wellness circuit. Her final chapter describes an eight-part program for a healthy lifestyle, and she has appended an extensive list of alternative medicine resources. Strong scientific support for the mind-body school of medicine, sure to rankle those alpha males back in the labs. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Yes, the saddening politics of paper publication, awards selection and grant approval in the world of government- and industry-funded biological research is quite an interesting read for an outsider. It even got my blood boiling to think of the promising therapies that are possibly being ignored due to their lack of profit potential (though this wasn't a new idea to me). It's too bad this ends up being the high point of the book.
From the very beginning, Pert's own ego comes to the fore in places in a way that detracts from the information that I (and presumably some others) bought the book for in the first place. There is something about the way she describes her personal experiences (more extensively and less modestly than might have seemed appropriate for a presentation of important scientific information) that made me wonder how much differently other people must perceive her than she perceives herself (even before she admits as much later on).
Unfortunately, this is not the worst of it. The early content is clearly scientifically validated, and describes in some detail (just enough for plausibility) the experiments that were conducted and the meaning of the results.Read more ›
It is important to know that this book is not a scientific treaty. I mention this because many reviewers were disappointed that it was not. While the book never pretended to be a scientific treaty, I can understand than some readers might have been mislead by the title. I think the best way to characterize this book is to say that it is a scientific story. Other reviewers have mentioned that it can be compared to "The Double Helix" by James Watson. Except that it would be the story of the discovery of the double helix as seen from the point of view of Rosalind Franklin. For a large portion of this book is dedicated to the discovery of the first molecule of emotion by the author who recounts how she felt betrayed by her mentor. The story of this misappropriation occupies a large portion of the book, but it is a fascinating read into the politics of science. This scientific story is a very personal one and is largely autobiographical.Read more ›
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Read it seven years ago. More relevant and useful than ever with second reading.
Passing it on to clients and significant others as a result.
Candice Pert's book finally makes the connection between hard core science and the "subjective" world of emotions. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2011 by SueI
There are books which pretend to be a reference point, and there are those which not only are, but also exceed readers' expectations. These are some of those! Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2005 by Shirley McMadden RN
Candace Pert is amazing, a great and courageous scientist. Her book shows how emotions and cells work together. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by MCD
After reading about Candace Pert's discoveries in numerous magazine articles, I decided to read her book to learn more. What I learned about was Candace Pert. Read morePublished on May 17 2004
This book came highly recommended. I am a scientist but not a biologist. I found the first couple of chapters rather difficult to comprehend since I had absolutely no background... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003
I have always liked biology and I have always been a believer in a the mind/body theory, my psychology teacher recommended this book and I see why it gives you wit detail the... Read morePublished on July 30 2003
Now don't get me wrong, this is a good book. Pert provides a (Western) scientific perspective on the mind/body question, and provides a lot of food for thought. Read morePublished on May 22 2003 by Stuart R. Lynn
Candace Pert is a brave, intuitive scientist who is not afraid to move out of the reductionist and confined thinking of old science and move towards the well lit truth of our... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2003 by Skye
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