The Uncommon Touch
The Uncommon Touch
By Tom Harpur
McClelland & Stewart, Paperback, 9780771039461, 280pp.
Publication Date: March 11, 1995
Today in the West, medical science and bogus faith-healings have made the idea of spiritual healing almost laughable. Yet the ancient practice of the laying-on of hands is not only still performed, it is now gaining credibility, even among physicians and other sceptics, most notably in Britain.
In The Uncommon Touch, Harpur investigates the religious roots of spiritual healing and looks at the remarkable work and ideas of modern healers. He also describes the many scientific studies that demonstrate clearly the healing and nurturing power of this astonishing phenomenon and verify that something more than the power of suggestion is at work. These include experiments showing increased growth in yeasts that have received the laying-on of hands and documentation of the effectiveness of Therapeutic Touch, a technique used by more than 30,000 nurses in North America.
Using the spirit to help heal the body's ills is an old idea - one whose time has come again.
From the Hardcover edition.
“The Uncommon Touch constitutes one more pressure point on the medical profession to open its eyes to a dimension of life that is tangible, even if not measurable by its own present yardsticks.”
–The Christian Science Monitor
“An earnest proclamation that the life force can renew when asked.”
“This book holds compelling arguments for the validity of non-medical healing as a treatment for the ill.”
–Winnipeg Free Press
“A cogent and sensitive appraisal of healing.”
–The Glasgow Herald
“His ability to balance spiritual experience with sound investigative reporting makes for fascinating reading.”
–Globe and Mail
“An important book for…anyone who has sat helplessly beside someone in pain, wishing there was something they could do.”
–Quill & Quire