Rachel Naomi Remen

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Rachel Naomi Remen (born February 8, 1938, New York, New York) is an author about and teacher of alternative medicine in the form of integrative medicine. She is a professor at the Oster Center of Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.[1][2][3] Together with Michael Lerner, she is a founder of the Cancer Help Program at Commonweal Institute, better known as Commonweal.[citation needed] She is the founder of the Institute for the Study of Health & Illness. She has been featured on the PBS television series, Thinking Allowed.[4]

Dr. Remen's most well-known books include Kitchen Table Wisdom[5] and My Grandfather's Blessing,[6] both of which made The New York Times Best Seller list.[7][8] Kitchen Table Wisdom has been translated into 21 languages, and has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide.[9] She is also the founder of a medical student curriculum called "The Healer's Art" used in medical schools throughout the United States.[10]


  1. ^ A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology, Robert Coles, Randy-Michael Testa, Joseph D'Donnell, editors, New York: The New Press (2011), p. 91
  2. ^ "Rachel Naomi Remen, MD - The Bravewell Collaborative". Bravewell.org. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Changing the Face of Medicine | Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen". Nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Rachel Naomi Remen: Thinking Allowed, DVD, Video Interview". Thinkingallowed.com. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Kitchen Table Wisdom". Publishers Weekly. July 29, 1996. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging (star)". Publishers Weekly. April 3, 2000. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Best Sellers Plus". The New York Times Best Seller list. December 7, 1997. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Best Sellers Plus". The New York Times Best Seller list. May 21, 2000. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rachel Naomi Remen – Kitchen Table Wisdom". Rachelremen.com. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  10. ^ David Bornstein (September 18, 2013). "Medicine’s Search for Meaning". New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 

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