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Who is Doctor Herbert Benson MD?

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Dr Herbert Benson M.D. is an American cardiologist who founded the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He first noticed what he called the “white coat syndrome” where patients blood pressure increased just being in the presence of a doctor but he then discovered that people could be taught to control blood pressure themselves using what he called the Relaxation Response.

He is Mind/Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI). He is the author or co-author of more than 175 scientific publications and 11 books. More than four million copies of his books have been printed in many languages.

His relevance to this site is that he was one of the first Western physicians to bring spirituality and healing into medicine.

In his 35+ year career, he has defined the relaxation response and continues to lead teaching and research into its efficacy in counteracting the harmful effects of stress. He has received many awards and lectures lectures widely about mind/body medicine and the BHI’s work

His work serves as a bridge between medicine and religion, East and West, mind and body, and belief and science.

Benson participated in a dialogue that was held at Harvard in March 1991, as part of a conversation between scientists and Buddhists initiated by 14th Dalaï Lama, organized by the Mind and Life InstituteBook Review: MindScience. More on these to come.

Here he is talking about his work and one of his books.

And here is another video about his work.

 

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