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The power of laughter triumphs over illness in Norman Cousins's bestselling classic memoir that revolutionized medicine.

Norman Cousins's iconic firsthand account of victory against terminal disease, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient inspired a revolution, encouraging patients to take charge of their own treatment.

A political journalist and activist, Cousins was also a professor of medical humanities at UCLA, where he studied the biochemistry of human emotions and their relationship to healing. When Cousins was hospitalized with a debilitating collagen illness, he decided to take his health into his own hands. Cousins and his doctor combated the disease together by creating a regimen of laughter and vitamin C specifically calibrated to his needs. Against all odds, the treatment worked, proving to Cousins that a positive attitude was key to his improvement.

Years later, Cousins set pen to paper to tell the story of his recovery. In this humorous and insightful account, Cousins analyzes his own journey in relation to holistic medicine and discusses the astounding power of mind over body. The result is an inspirational and educational guide to health that continues to offer hope to many.

©1979 W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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in parts it is interesting,but it is too lenthy and boring,hence I STRUGGLE to finish.

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very good book and very good audio

this book can remind us to think of what could be done by self when one is unwell. it's not just the role of a doctor but also the self in coming out of a disease..

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  • Sanjay Kumar
  • 30-08-20

Miracle do happens !!!!!

In general, We all know basic principles of how to live our life (taught by our parents/teachers from childhood) but somehow consciously or unconsciously don’t focus. This book is more about telling you MIRACLES that your brain does when you follow the basic principles of life e.g. Always laugh, don’t hurt anyone, sacrifice your ego, jealousy, anger, sadness and respect others. Medicines developed by scientists and researchers may not cure or heel your diseases but basic principles of life helps lot.. a true story of author !!!

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  • John
  • 29-05-21

Excellent mind over matter

Well written. The human touch of love, compassion, hope and belief can be lost in technology and busyness. Must read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-12-20

Mind over matter 01

This book is perfect for my situation. Dr says, I'm terminal. But, it's mind over matter like this book teaches me.

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  • Joy Warburton
  • 13-11-20

Great, information, motivational

Loved it! kept me on my toes. I would difinetly recommend it to everyone interested.

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  • Jenny Lowe
  • 06-05-21

GAME CHANGER!

Loved it, relevant, interesting, thought provoking!
Definitely recommend this book to anyone with an open mind!