By Norman Cousins

ISBN-10: 0393326845

ISBN-13: 9780393326840

The best-selling, groundbreaking vintage by means of Norman Cousins on battling life-threatening sickness via humor and sufferer participation in care.

Anatomy of an Illness was once the 1st e-book via a sufferer that spoke to our present curiosity in taking cost of our personal wellbeing and fitness. It began the revolution in sufferers operating with their medical professionals and utilizing humor to spice up their our bodies' skill for therapeutic. while Norman Cousins used to be clinically determined with a crippling and irreversible affliction, he cast an strange collaboration together with his medical professional, and jointly they have been capable of beat the chances. The doctor's genius was once in supporting his sufferer to exploit his personal powers: laughter, braveness, and tenacity. The patient's expertise was once in mobilizing his body's personal typical assets, proving what an efficient therapeutic instrument the brain might be. This striking tale of the triumph of the human spirit is actually inspirational interpreting.

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Hitzig called in experts from Dr. Howard together. In a sense, then, I Rusk's rehabilitation clinic in New York. They confirmed the general opinion, adding the more particularized diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis, 30 which ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS would mean that the connective was disintegrating. I asked Dr. Hitzig about He tissue in the spine my chances for full recov- one of the specialists had told him I had one chance in five hundred. The specialist had also stated that he had not personally witnessed a recovery from this comprehenery.

There was, however, one negative side-effect of the laughter from the standpoint of the hospital. I was disturbing other patients. But that objection didn't last very long, for the arrangements were now com- ter me to move my act to a hotel room. One of the incidental advantages of the hotel room, plete for I was delighted one-third as were to find, much incalculable. was that as the hospital. I it cost only about The other benefits would not be awakened for a bed bath or for meals or for medication or for a change of bed sheets or for interns.

In July 1964 as I problems of cultural exchange. The conference had been held in to consider the we went to Moscow for supOur hotel was in a residential Leningrad, after which plementary meetings. area. My room was on the second floor. Each night a procession of diesel trucks plied back and forth to a nearby housing project in the process of round-theIt was summer, and our windows were wide open. I slept uneasily each night and felt clock construction. 31 ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS somewhat nauseated on arising.

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