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Herbert Benson, MD

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Dr. Benson is the Mind/Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and the founding President of the Mind/Body Medical Institute. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Harvard Medical School, he is the author or co-author of over 165 scientific publications and seven books: The Relaxation Response, 1975; The Mind/Body Effect, 1979; Beyond the Relaxation Response, 1984; Your Maximum Mind, 1987; The Wellness Book, 1992; and Timeless Healing: The Power and Biology of Belief, 1996; The Relaxation Response – Updated and Expanded (25th Anniversary Edition), 2000. More than four million copies of Dr. Benson’s books have been printed.

Dr. Benson is a pioneer in the fields of behavioral medicine and mind/body studies, as well as in spirituality and healing. Through his work, he defined the relaxation response and continues to lead research into its efficacy in counteracting the harmful effects of stress. The recipient of numerous national and international awards, he lectures widely and delivers scores of presentations yearly, appearing frequently on national television. Dr. Benson’s research extends from the laboratory to the clinic and to Asian field expeditions. His work serves as a bridge between medicine and religion, East and West, mind and body, as well as between belief and science.

Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D., President
Mind/Body Institute
824 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, Ma 02467
Tel 617-991-0102
Fax 617-991-0112
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