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.
Norman Cousins's account of his experiences with a major disease became a bestseller when it was first published. He promoted a holistic approach and the idea that the patient can take an active role in his/her own recovery, even when confronted with seemingly overwhelming medical situations. Cousins tells how he worked closely with his physician, and about the lessons he learned about the relationship between the mind and the body in healing.
- Biography + Autobiography, Philosophy, Literary Criticism, Medical, Humor, Health + Wellness, Psychology
- Dermatology, Free Will + Determinism, American / General, Physician + Patient, General, Healing, Holism, Diseases / Skin, Alternative Therapies, Holistic Medicine, Alternative Medicine
- July 1, 2005
- July 1, 2005
- Norman Cousins