The New Medicine

Extraordinary changes are taking place in American medicine today. Driven by new scientific evidence, doctors are coming to understand that treating the body alone is not enough—the mind can also play a critical role in the healing process.

Many physicians are embracing a more holistic form of healthcare, seeking to heal the whole person. Treatments once considered fringe, including visualization, meditation and hypnosis, are being prescribed alongside high-tech western medicine. And medical schools are placing new importance on teaching the “softer side of medicine:” listening and communicating.

Hosted by Dana Reeve in one of her last public appearances, The New Medicine is a revealing look at physicians on the cutting edge of this approach.


The New Medicine explores a burgeoning movement taking place in hospitals and clinics across the country: integrating the best of high-tech medicine with a new attitude that recognizes it is essential to the healing process to treat the patient as a whole person, and not a cog in an assembly line.

The New Medicine suggests that medical practice in America may be on the brink of a transformation. As scientific findings reveal that the mind plays a critical role in the body’s capacity to heal, the medical community has begun to integrate this new understanding into effective treatment strategies that take Western medicine to the next level.

Hosted by Dana Reeve, who was diagnosed with lung cancer following the death of her husband Christopher, 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 and lifestyle, stresses and supports, these doctors acknowledge the important role that the patient can and should play in their own healing and healthcare.

The traditional doctor-patient relationship is undergoing a shift from paternalism to partnership, as practitioners and consumers alike have begun to promote a more holistic form of healthcare called integrative medicine—seeking to heal the whole person, rather than simply cure a diseased body part.

In addition to the show, The New Medicine: Companion Book to the Public Television Series, with forward by Dana Reeve, includes in-depth interviews with physicians and research scientists featured in the program, as well as tips on how to choose the best doctor and how to get the most out of your visit. It is available at


Producers Muffie Meyer & Jennifer Raikes
Director Muffie Meyer
Writer Ronald Blumer
Narrator Liev Schreiber
Host Dana Reeve
Co-Producers Ronald Blumer, Sharon Sachs, Donna Marino
Editors Sharon Sachs, Donna Marino
Music Composed by Richard Einhorn
Executive Producer Catherine Allan
A Middlemarch Films, Inc. production for Twin Cities Public Television

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The New Medicine



Memorable and moving.
Dorthy Rabinowtz, The Wall Street Journal

The take-away message: The mind is a powerful force capable of dramatically changing the body; open-minded doctors should acknowledge this and encourage any therapy that promotes healing.
Gregory Lamb, The Christian Science Monitor

The PBS film almost consciously avoids a New Age tone. No magic crystals, no cancer diets or trips to Mexico for treatments outlawed in the United States. Just a sincere effort to find something – anything – that will lead to a better quality of life for patients.
Tim Witmire, Associated Press

This special so hits the mark from an aesthetic and storytelling point of view, that even not-so-interested viewers will be glued to their screens… Get your friends, colleagues, patients and clients to watch this. Skeptical relatives and foot-dragging patients with health troubles will reconsider their prejudices, expand their options and benefit greatly.
Belleruth Naparstek, Author & Psychotherapist

The New Medicine has also received national coverage and/or was a “Pick of the Week” in The New York Times, USA Today, Psychology Today, US Weekly, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal and many other national newspapers and magazines.