Head First: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit

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"An eloquent plea for two needed emphases: more humane doctor-patient relations, and greater patient involvement in the struggle with disease."—Melvin Konner.

Describes medical evidence indicating an optimistic attitude can increase patients' survival rates.

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Overview

"An eloquent plea for two needed emphases: more humane doctor-patient relations, and greater patient involvement in the struggle with disease."—Melvin Konner.

Describes medical evidence indicating an optimistic attitude can increase patients' survival rates.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Former editor of Saturday Review , Cousins was appointed adjunct professor at the School of Medicine, UCLA, in 1978 following publication of Anatomy of an Illness , which detailed the attitudes that helped him recover from a compound of grave maladies which included a heart attack. Here he relates stories of physicians, researchers and patients who augment medical treatments with hope and positive emotions, especially laughter, showing that ``a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.'' Cousins stresses that positive attitudes, the opposite of fear and despair which cause biochemical damage, promote the healing of body and spirit. He supports his anecdotal research with scientific data that should convince readers that the ``mind creates the ambience of treatment. The head comes first.'' Cousins's scrupulously detailed information makes the book invaluable. $150,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Oct.)
Booknews
In Anatomy of an illness (W.W. Norton, 1979), the late writer and editor recounted his recovery from an apparently terminal illness, a recovery he attributed largely to positive attitude and an active partnership with his physician. In this volume, he provides both anecdotal and empirical evidence to substantiate his belief in the medical efficacy of hope, faith, laughter, and the will to survive. First published in 1989 by E.P. Dutton. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140139655
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 398,108
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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