Coyote Medicine: Lessons from Native American Healing

by Lewis Mehl-Madrona (Author), William L. Simon (Foreword)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
With all the recent books on Native American healing and numerous accounts of
how physicians are combining both alternative and traditional medicine,
librarians might think there is no room for another. But they would be wrong if
they did not add this title to their collection. Mehl-Madonna, a "half-breed
Cherokees Injun," was only 21 when he graduated from Stanford University's
medical school in the mid 1970s. Originally planning to go into family practice
and psychiatry, where he could use his knowledge of Native American healing
gleaned from his grandparents, he was either thrown out of or resigned from
three different residency programs because he could not hold his tongue about
what he often thought of as modern medicine. He considered giving up orthodox
medicine but finally completed his residency. All readers, from those with a
casual interest in Native American healing to health providers who want to learn
more about alternative medicine, will enjoy and learn from this book.
Recommended for most collections.

From Booklist
In Native American traditions, coyotes are survivors. Half Cherokee,
Mehl-Madrona is certainly a survivor, too. Here he describes his twin journeys
through the worlds of medicine and of the spirit. His medical education gave him
the background he needed to practice regular medicine, but he failed to complete
several residencies in internal medicine and psychiatry, for his fascination
with Native American healing, which, often in long metaphorical stories,
emphasizes the spiritual aspects of life, made it difficult for him to knuckle
under to the bureaucratic, overly mechanical responses of modern medicine. Some
of the most moving and illuminating parts of his story are those in which he
describes, in detail, the sweat lodge and other Native American healing
ceremonies. Several shamans, whom he depicts as personalities as well as
carriers of tradition, helped teach him aspects of Native American medicine, and
he finally completed his residency and wound up in Hawaii, a practitioner and
teacher of both types of medicine. William Beatty --This text refers to an out
of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (August 26, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0684839970



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