VRx

November 30, 2020
VRx

A leading doctor unveils the groundbreaking potential ofvirtual medicineBrennan Spiegel has spent years studying the medical power ofthe mind, and in VRx he reveals a revolutionary new kind of care:virtual medicine. It offers the possibility of treating illnesseswithout solely relying on intrusive surgeries or addictiveopioids.Virtual medicine works by convincing your body that it'ssomewhere, or something, it isn't. It's affordable, widelyavailable, and has already proved effective against everything fromburn injuries to stroke to PTSD. Spiegel shows how a simple VRheadset lets a patient with schizophrenia confront the demon in hishead, how dementia patients regain function in a life-size virtualtown, and how vivid simulations of patients' experiences are makingdoctors more empathic.VRx is a revelatory account of the connection between our bodiesand ourselves. In an age of overmedication and depersonalized care,it offers no less than a new way to heal.