Archives: Book Reviews

Mind and Matter: A Healing Approach to Chronic Illness by Lewis Mehl, M.D., Ph.D.

Reviewed by Winafred E. Lucas, Ph.D.
In JRT Issue 3, Spring 1987


This is a book by an established physician and psychologist that defines and grounds the concepts of holistic medicine. It delineates in a quiet and simple way approaches to healing that have the impact of an earthquake with extensive tremors. The first of these is the conviction, implied throughout the book, that healing occurs in the context of a relationship and not through techniques, which only provide the healer with a vehicle for relationship. Therapy is involved with moving into wholeness on the part of both the patient and the physician.

Mehl’s second principle of medicine is that disease is always a creative attempt to solve … Read the rest

The Unquiet Dead by Edith Fiore, Ph.D.

Reviewed by George Schwimmer, Ph.D.
In JRT Issue 3, Spring 1987


Edith Fiore, Ph.D., a traditionally trained clinical psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, has a tendency to venture into uncharted psycho-spiritual waters and then make the enterprise seem like the most proper and conservative thing to do. As if that were not enough, she then turns around and publishes accounts of her forays into the unknown. She first broke literary ground in past-life therapy with her book You Have Been Here Before and now returns in print with The Unquiet Dead, an unusual record of her experiences in dealing with what are apparently the spirits of deceased individuals who cause psychological and sometimes physical problems when they attach themselves to … Read the rest

Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death and Transcendence in Psychotherapy by Stanislav Grof

Reviewed by  Winafred Lucas
In JRT Issue 2, Fall 1986


From the vantage point of a past-life therapist, Grof’s impactful book needs to be evaluated on three parameters. The first of these addresses his breathtaking perception and integration of the multi-dimensional aspects of our changing paradigm. For those of us who have suffered lack of credibility because we felt forced to fit our thinking and therapeutic modalities into the Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm which could not contain them, it is a relief to understand that it is no longer necessary to apologize because we have moved into a different way of conceptualizing the universe. Grof, drawing heavily on new trends in physics and biology, demonstrates in what way we are leaving … Read the rest

Living Your Past Lives: The Psychology of Past-Life Regression by Karl Schlotterbeck

Reviewed by Susan Shore
In JRT Issue 2, Fall 1986


It is a joy to welcome another book on regression therapy by a soundly-based psychotherapist to the slowly growing but still slim collection currently available. Karl Schlotterbeck’s careful exploration of the roots of past-life psychotherapy and his detailed instruction of appropriate therapeutic processes extend the earlier contributions of psychotherapists Edith Fiore, Morris Netherton, and Irene Hickman in the United States and Thorwald Dethlefsen in Germany. Because at the time, even though it was not long ago, there were so few regression therapists, these books were written largely for the general public. That this book is slanted strongly toward the professional moving into regression work shows how rapidly our group … Read the rest