A Cry Unheard: New Insights Into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness

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Bancroft Press, 2000 - Psychology - 345 pages
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Every year, millions of lonely people, unable to communicate with fellow human beings, die broken-hearted, long before their time. It is a silent epidemic, a "cry unheard", says Dr James Lynch, hailed by many leading medical experts as a pioneer and visionary in the field of mind/body/interpersonal health. In this ground-breaking work, Lynch sets forth a major hidden cause of heart disease, a major killer, and recommends a provocative set of solutions. In this book Lynch makes an essential contribution both accessible and constructive. He stresses that educators, parents and policy-makers must change their communication with children if they want to prevent future tragedies of a massive scale. He admonishes all of us, whether single, married, divorced or widowed, that exercises to improve our communicative health must be undertaken with the same seriousness and commitment as our aerobic exertions. And he emphasises how heartfelt dialogue must come to be seen as the key to a healthier, happier existence for all humankind.

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Psychologist Lynch's The Broken Heart: The Medical Consequences of Loneliness (1977) was the pioneering work that linked mental and emotional states to physical well-being. In A Cry Unheard, he ... Read full review


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Lynch is a board member of The American Institute of Stress, on the staff of the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program at LifeBridge Health, and director of the Life Care Health Associates in Baltimore. For more than 30 years he served on the medical school faculties of Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Maryland, where he was Co-Director of the Psychophysiological Clinic and Laboratories.

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