The Anatomy of Hope: How You Can Find Strength in the Face of Illness

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An inspiring and profoundly enlightening exploration of one doctor's discovery of how hope can change
the course of illness

Since the time of the ancient Greeks, human beings have believed that hope is essential to life. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Harvard Medical School professor and New Yorker staff writer Jerome Groopman shows us ...
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Overview

An inspiring and profoundly enlightening exploration of one doctor's discovery of how hope can change
the course of illness

Since the time of the ancient Greeks, human beings have believed that hope is essential to life. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Harvard Medical School professor and New Yorker staff writer Jerome Groopman shows us why.

The search for hope is most urgent at the patient's bedside. The Anatomy of Hope takes us there, bringing us into the lives of people at pivotal moments when they reach for and find hope--or when it eludes their grasp. Through these intimate portraits, we learn how to distinguish true hope from false, why some people feel they are undeserving of it, and whether we should ever abandon our search.

Can hope contribute to recovery by changing physical well-being? To answer this hotly debated question, Groopman embarked on an investigative journey to cutting-edge laboratories where researchers are unraveling an authentic biology of hope. There he finds a scientific basis for understanding the role of this vital emotion in the outcome of illness.

Here is a book that offers a new way of thinking about hope, with a message for all readers, not only patients and their families. "We are just beginning to appreciate hope's reach," Groopman writes, "and have not defined its limits. I see hope as the very heart of healing."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641890406
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/6/2007
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Groopman

Jerome Groopman, M.D., holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he is the author of How Doctors Think, The Anatomy of Hope, Second Opinions, The Measure of Our Days, and other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2009

    The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness

    I am a student in OSU Comp Student 2009 and read The Anatomy of Hope. This book is an inspirational book that will teach you to always sustain hope in those around you. In this book Groopman focuses on how to defeat serious illnesses by sustaining hope. This memoir shows the relationship Groopman develops between five patients and the lessons he learns from each one. Groopman also describes the loss of hope he feels when he undergoes back surgery and concludes the book with the lessons he has learned from his experiences. This book specifically is informing physicans, medical students, and patients. It has many inspirational quotes that will make you believe in yourself and those around you. When faced with illness it is difficult to defeat the fear and pain but Groopman explains in his book that if you have faith, courage and hope you can recover. I enjoyed this book and recommend all to read. The only thing I would change is a section in the book called the biology of hope. This section explains the experimental data of the mind and body. I felt it was difficult to read because it used medical terms I was not familiar with. However the rest of the book with make you think twice about believing in those around you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

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    A must read

    One of the best books I have read in a long time. It should be read by anyone entering or in the medical profession. Also a must for any person who is, or knows someone who is, going through a chronic or terminal illness.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Great title because the content of the book is in the title

    One of a very good read because it is coming from a source that has to be respected. A Dr. who sees situations every day, and he has chosen to grow in humility and write about it. He did an excellent job. I purchased the book hoping to help someone else, I read it and loved it and have gone to purchase more books by this author. Id love to meet the man

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2009

    highly recommend

    Book was so useful that I wanted to purchase additional copies but have not located any in the brick/mortar shops I've checked. Book is incrediblly easy to read.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Inspiring

    Our son has chronic health issues that have altered, but not defined, our family significantly over the past six years. Finding Dr. Groopman's writings have been able to clarify our issues and thoughts and confirmed the path we've forged is reasonable and productive. The Anatomy of Hope is the 4th book of his that I've read...and, it's proven to be inspiring, with a remarkable beauty. I highly recommend for physicians and health care providers, families facing challenging medical situations, and simply put, anyone. We consider our family an optimistic, hope and faith filled clan--and this book helped confirm and validate our thoughts and issues.

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