Holistic Anatomy (2010)

This book is NOT an academic textbook.

It is an introduction to this vast and often complicated subject, written as far as possible in ordinary language, and mixed with anecdotes and alternative and holistic ideas of all kinds to make a very readable book.

Students of the subject will find it helpful to enhance overall understanding and make a way into deeper study.

Interested lay people looking for a ‘users guide to the body’ will also enjoy it. I’m pleased that it continues to sell steadily, I often get emails from people who love it thanking me for writing it in the plain English style…


“PIP WALLER’S Holistic Anatomy is a welcome antidote to the outdated, nineteenth-century view of the human body as a series of replaceable mechanical parts. She joins with few others in beginning the necessary work of more accurately understanding the body as a closely coupled grouping of highly responsive, nonlinear organ systems. Such a change is essential to producing true healing for human beings rather than merely reducing symptoms and sending people on their way. It marks the movement towards a more human approach to healing, for this more accurate understanding of the human body moves us away from seeing people as organic machines and towards the ancient recognition that everything, including our bodies, is intelligent, alive, and aware.”


– STEPHEN HARROD BUHNER, author of The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth and The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature


“Open this book anywhere and read a paragraph; you’ll want to read more. Keep reading—You’ll enjoy yourself while finding out about the human body. You will also get a glimpse here and there from an unexpected perspective!”


– ELIOT COWAN, author of Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants


“Holistic Anatomy is a fascinating journey through the intricacies of the human body. It is fun, practical, and informative, giving a real understanding of the way the body works. It is also at the cutting edge of thought, offering a totally new way of relating the structures and systems within the body to the much wider world outside – to culture, spirituality and the environment. Pick it up and enjoy the journey!”


– LUCY HARMER, author of Discovering Your Spirit Animal: The Wisdom of Shamans and Shamanic Astrology: Understanding Your Spirit Animal Sign


“This startling book looks at anatomy, physiology, and pathology in a refreshing new way: holistically and in the context of life and culture. . . . Highly recommended.”


– KATH ANTONIS, medical herbalist, registered nurse, and clinical teacher


“I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who is even vaguely intrigued by the ‘how’ and ‘why’—and more importantly, the ‘what if ’—of their existence . . .”


– KAREN CHAGOURI, editor of In Touch magazine, holistic therapist, and doula


“This book is written in a style that is very easily understood, instead of just being factual information. It feels as though Pip is there with you explaining things to you in a way that really makes sense.”


– PHIL PEPIN, massage therapist


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