Peter Mole, Dean of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine and author of 'Acupuncture for Body, Mind and Spirit'
We need more books like this. The author uses his considerable expertise and intelligence to explore aspects of the therapeutic relationship that are seldom discussed. Chapters entitled 'Intuition', 'Attention', 'Relationship' and 'Cultivation' give a sense of the kinds of issues that are crucial to the work of all physicians but are so hard to teach or even to discuss. This is an important book for any acupuncturist who wants to think more deeply about the work that they do.
Isobel Cosgrove, acupuncture practitioner and teacher
This is a courageous and important book. It looks at what cannot be measured or analysed in medicine, Western or Eastern, and in life in general. And it looks at it because it is essential to all healing. John Hamwee shows us that Intuition, or 'sudden knowing' profoundly informs a therapeutic intervention. It can open a window, and initiate in the patient "the will to live" in the broadest sense. The book shows us how to grow our own intuitive sensibilities, step by step, and how this will enliven our practices, and our lives. His work is richly illustrated by stories from his own years in practice, and from wide ranging research in Chinese classics, western medicine, science and philosophy. Above all it is very accessible, not only to acupuncturists but to all those interested in healing.
Karen Charlesworth, BAcC memberAcu.
One of the most valiant endeavors of this book, and one of the best reasons to read it, is its attempt to confer some validity on this most unscientific of concepts: to make intuition overt, instead of something we covertly, slightly shamefacedly, indulge in our treatment rooms.