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Beyond Mainstream Medicine

Dialogue towards a New Paradigm for Health

January 2023
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  • Published
    3rd January 2023
  • ISBN 9780952836483
  • Language English
  • Pages 148 pp.
  • Size 5" x 8"

In Beyond Mainstream Medicine, Dr. Thomas Hardtmuth and Dr. Richard House dive deeply into the very foundations of human wellbeing, exhaustively detailing what is wrong philosophically and clinically with the current prevailing biomedical paradigm of health and disease, how these shortcomings have been highlighted during the Covid crisis, and the changes needed before a radical reestablishment of a genuinely holistic understanding of health, illness, and healing can occur.

“With their publication, Beyond Mainstream Medicine, Thomas Hardtmuth and Richard House have presented a small masterpiece for which one can only be grateful.... Particularly inspiring is the clear description of a necessary paradigm shift in medicine, in which each and every one of us can actively participate. For at the center of this new paradigm for health is the individual human being with his or her special possibilities to strengthen his or her spiritual, emotional ,and physical health, and thus his or her complex immune system.” —Michaela Glöckler, MD (from her preface)

“Thomas Hardtmuth and Richard House agree that mainstream biopharmaceutical medicine is in need of urgent reform, if not a revolution. In this searching dialogue, they dive deeply into the most fundamental assumptions and ontologies of illness, health, and wellbeing, and offer pointers for how health systems need to change. Unmissable.”

Thomas Hardtmuth, MD

Dr. Thomas Hardtmuth, MD, born in 1956, is a physician and freelance writer. He studied medicine in Munich and works as a senior physician specializing in thoracic surgery at the Heidenheim Clinic. Dr. Hardtmuth lectures and leads seminars in the field of medical and anthropological issues. His publications include Das verborgene Ich: Aspekte zum Verständnis der Krebskrankheit (The hidden “I”: Aspects of understanding cancer), 2003 and Denkfehler. Das Dilemma der Hirnforschung (Errors in thinking: The dilemma of brain research), 2006.

Richard House, PhD

Richard House (MA at Oxon, PhD, C.Psychol.) is a freelance educational consultant/campaigner in Stroud, UK. Formerly Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood, University of Winchester (2012–2014), Richard lectured in psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton (2005–2012). He is coeditor of Self and Society: International Journal for Humanistic Psychology; associate editor of Psychotherapy and Politics International; and theory editor of the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling. A founding member of the Independent Practitioners Network and the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Richard is a trained Steiner kindergarten and class teacher, with books on education, including Too Much, Too Soon? Early Learning and the Erosion of Childhood (editor) and Childhood, Well-being and a Therapeutic Ethos (coeditor). Practicing as a counsellor-psychotherapist from 1990 to 2007, his books on psychotherapy include In, against, and beyond Therapy and (as coeditor) Against and for CBT. A founder-member of the Open EYE Campaign, Early Childhood Action, and the Save Childhood Movement, Richard contributes regularly to various professional publications on education and to literature on professional psychotherapy. He organized the three pressOpen Letters on the state of modern childhood in 2006, 2007 (both with Sue Palmer) and in 2011. Particular current interests include early-childhood development; "audit culture" in education; the psychodynamics of learning and teaching; play and pedagogy; post-structuralist and transmodern approaches to research; and the work of Rudolf Steiner and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Richard is the education and early years editor for Hawthorn Press and works with the Ruskin Mill Field Centre in Nailsworth.