Medicine and Public Health in Modern Europe

By writing The Cure Within Anne Harrington hoped to explain the appeals of mind-body
medicine and illuminate some of the discontents with standard ‘physicalist’ medicine. In order
to achieve this, she wrote a cultural history that takes up six narrative templates about the relation
of mind to health (e.g. the body that speaks), many of which have deep roots in Western culture
and all of which presently have resonance in popular and medical debates about health and
therapeutics. In a six-page critical review discuss how well she achieves her aims, emphasizing
one narrative template. As she admits in the conclusion, like all authors she had her own agenda
when undertaking this project. You certainly need to discuss how this agenda affected the
arguments of the book. Be sure to provide citations and evidence to make your case.