Author and doctor Michael Finkelstein has just re-released his book, now called Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness. It was previously published in 2013 under the title 77 Questions for Skillful Living.
Finkelstein has had an interesting journey. He trained in internal medicine at Penn, and eventually became the medical director of a hospital. Increasingly, he felt that he was not living a life that promoted health — either for his patients or himself. He wound up enrolling in Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine fellowship, as a member of the third cohort offered from what is now a well-established and internationally famous center.
Unlike many practitioners of so-called complementary/alternative medicine, Finkelstein in no way rejects “Western”/conventional medicine. He has simply chosen to expand his conventional US medical training by adding elements of other traditions that he has found most effective in helping those with chronic illnesses — the ones that conventional medicine often fails to impact.
Finkelstein lives on a working farm that he has named SunRaven, which is only 50 miles outside of New York City. He gave it that name because the property’s previous owners had used the farm to nurture injured and stray animals, including a raven. In addition, he came across a Native American parable about the SunRaven returning light and healing to the world.
I interviewed him about the release of his newly-titled book for Public Radio Tulsa, and came away feeling that SunRaven is a place I’d like to visit.