One of the last projects Dana Reeve undertook before she died Monday of lung cancer was to host the PBS special The New Medicine, scheduled to premiere 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 (check local listings).
The two-hour documentary will be of special interest to those dedicated to organic living, focusing on a burgeoning movement in U.S. hospitals and clinics to integrate high-tech and holistic medicine. The program suggests medical practice in America may be on the brink of a transformation: As scientific findings reveal the mind plays a critical role in the body’s capacity to heal, the medical community is beginning to embrace a new range of treatment options, including many once considered fringe.
The New Medicine goes inside medical schools, healthcare clinics, research institutions and private practices to show physicians at work on the cutting edge of this new approach. By paying attention to a person’s cultural values, lifestyle, stresses and supports, these doctors acknowledge the important role that patients can—and should—play in their own healing and healthcare. The program introduces viewers to patients who are benefiting from relaxation therapy, visualization tapes and self-hypnosis.