Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived By the Patient

Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived By the Patient

by Norman Cousins
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Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived By the Patient by Norman Cousins

The best-selling, groundbreaking classic by Norman Cousins on combating life-threatening illness through humor and patient participation in care.Anatomy of an Illness was the first book by a patient that spoke to our current interest in taking charge of our own health. It started the revolution in patients working with their doctors and using humor to boost their bodies' capacity for healing. When Norman Cousins was diagnosed with a crippling and irreversible disease, he forged an unusual collaboration with his physician, and together they were able to beat the odds. The doctor's genius was in helping his patient to use his own powers: laughter, courage, and tenacity. The patient's talent was in mobilizing his body's own natural resources, proving what an effective healing tool the mind can be. This remarkable story of the triumph of the human spirit is truly inspirational reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393326840
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/17/2005
Edition description: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 141,152
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Norman Cousins was a longtime editor of the Saturday Review and the author of eleven books on health and healing, among other works.

Table of Contents

Introduction9
Acknowledgments25
1Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient29
2The Mysterious Placebo55
3Creativity and Longevity79
4Pain Is Not the Ultimate Enemy99
5Holistic Health and Healing121
6What I Learned from Three Thousand Doctors139
Bibliography180

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Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Baby Boomers this 160 pages book is a real page turner. If you are suffering from so called 'illnesses' and mostly 90% of those can be healed by just reading these real life chapters. This book is indeed intriguing and a must read by Patients and Doctors to creat a partnership in 'CURE' NOT TREATMENT with MULTIPLE DRUGS by todays medical Doctors. Todays Doctor's take real pride when they gives at least 3 combinations of drugs for elevated blood pressure and 2 to 4 for cholesterol. Others say that there is 'no cure' but to take lots of prescription drugs all your life and keep visiting Doctors every week.What a tragedy. This book gives people 'Hope'. Isn't this a job of Doctor??
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Guest More than 1 year ago
reading this really helped a friend of mine get through something similar she was facing. A real good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find this book one of the best I've ever laid eyes on. If I had 198 thumbs, they'd all be up!! This book sheds new light on disease, the connection between psychology and physiology and tips to make life better to live. It's not only a science book, it's a book everyone should read to enjoy their existance more.