Written by Clifton Parker.
Scholars at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education have written new books that encourage people to think differently about healing and happiness.
JAMES DOTY, for instance, argues that true healing is both biological and spiritual. Doty, the founder and director of the center, is also a neurosurgeon. In Into the Magic Shop, he takes a different twist than most medical-only approaches to healing.
“Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart,” says Doty, who recounts in his book a childhood growing up in the high desert of California with an alcoholic father and a mother who suffered depression and the effects of a stroke.
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