Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing and Regeneration

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 192 pages
Norman Cousin's enormously influential best-selling book illustrates the concept at the heart of the holistic health principle: that the human mind is capable of promoting the body's potential for healing itself even when faced with a seemingly hopeless medical predicament. Recounting his personal experiences of working in close collaboration with his doctor to overcome a crippling and supposedly irreversible disease, Cousins outlines the life-saving and ultimately life-prolonging benefits to be gained by taking responsibility for one's own well-being. "I have learned," the author writes, "never to underestimate the capacity of the human mind and body to regenerate -- even when the prospects seem most wretched." This remarkable story of the triumph of the human spirit is inspirational reading for anyone contending with a serious illness.
 

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Contents

ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS AS PERCEIVED BY THE PATIENT
5
THE MYSTERIOUS PLACEBO
31
CREATIVITY AND LONGEVITY
55
PAIN Is NOT THE ULTIMATE ENEMY
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HOLISTIC HEALTH AND HEALING
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WHAT I LEARNED FROM THREE THOUSAND DOCTORS
115
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Norman Cousins was a longtime editor of the Saturday Review and the author of eleven books on health and healing, among other works.

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