The Spiritual Structure of Human Frailty
"Foundations of Anthroposophical Medicine" series
Previously published as Pastoral Medicine
Today a great deal is written about holistic medicine as an approach to healing that integrates body, mind, and spirit. In these lectures, given to a mixed audience of doctors and priest-theologians, Rudolf Steiner renews the ancient tradition of "pastoral medicine", which involves the working together of trained physicians with those having the care of the patient's soul and spirit. He shows that healing is not possible unless it takes into account the invisible as well as the visible dimensions.
To meet inner frailty with truly adequate concepts, Steiner describes specific inner structures of both healthy and unhealthy states that escape ordinary perception. Addressing topics ranging from sleepwalking to psychosis to the visions of St Teresa of Avila, he suggests how to approach the misalignments of nonstandard inner structures and other psychic difficulties with what he calls pastoral medicine - which can bring body and soul together.
February 2004; Trans. revised G. Hahn, Foreword M. Lipson (11 lectures, Dornach, Sep 8-18 1924; GA318); AP; 176pp; 23.5 x 15.5 cm; pb;
£22.50 ISBN 9780880105033