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Anthroposophical Perspectives

Judith von Halle Translated by Frank Thomas Smith

84 pp.  
5 3/8" x 8 1/2"

Temple Lodge Press




“Those involved with this illness professionally or as a relative can learn much from this study, which motivates them to a deepening of anthroposophy. They will also be inspired by how the author brings the illness into the realm of the living impulse of Christ.”

Michaela Glöckler

Dementia, a broad category of brain diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, affects millions of people worldwide. Although its impact is primarily focused on populations of Western countries, orthodox medicine has been unable to discover its causes, let alone develop successful treatments or a cure for these diseases. Given this situation, there are good reasons to investigate the psychospiritual factors involved in the outbreak of dementia.

Judith von Halle states in her preface: “The conception of man that is given priority today by the scientific world hardly takes into account that in addition to the physical-material component, for which certain degenerative or pathological processes can be determined with the help of technical apparatus, there are other components of his being to be taken into account which cannot be investigated in that way. So long as the cause of an illness is not sought in connection with those spiritual components of the human being, a successful treatment of the patient cannot be assured.”

Developing successful methods of treatment requires a full understanding of the human being. This cannot be achieved by observing with only the outer senses, but increasingly requires spiritual-scientific perception. Through this method as developed by Rudolf Steiner, we can render great service to humanity, including precise research into the causes of ill health. The factors involved in the eruption of modern afflictions such as dementia can be determined by careful consideration of the destiny of humanity and the individual.

In this succinct and rich study, von Halle describes her investigations into the phenomenon of dementia, beginning with a general outline of the anthroposophic concept of the human being and society and applying that knowledge to what is increasingly called an epidemic. This book does not demand medical expertise but rather an effort to engage with the psychospiritual conditions of dementia sufferers. It provides a wealth of insights and guidance to our approach to one of the greatest challenges of our time.

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