Greg Fricchione’s book presents scientific proof of what we intuitively know to be true: personal connections make us feel better. I hope all health care professionals will embrace the more compassionate, ‘attachment-based’ medical system that Greg advocates. The health of patients and their caregivers will benefit from genuine expressions of selfless love.
(Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Carter Center Mental Health Program)
Greg Fricchione leads the reader back to the art of medicine, indeed to its increasingly imperiled core: empathy and effective engagement with patients.
(Steven E. Hyman, M.D., Former Director, National Institute of Mental Health, and Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University)
The finest statement yet on the evolution of compassionate care and why it is so essential to the well-being of patients. Dr. Fricchione brings a lifetime of careful scientific study, clinical practice, and wisdom to a topic that is often the forgotten factor in healthcare reform and education. This book will help us understand ourselves, our needs as human beings and as patients, and what a truly healing relationship with a clinician is all about. May this become a true classic.
(Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., Stony Brook University)
Gregory Fricchione leads us on his quest to untie the Gordian knot inherent in such questions as, 'Who are we? How did we come to be like this?' His epic inquiry is conducted by the light of a dyadic lens, the 'separation challenge–attachment solution' that is foundational to our deepest pains, greatest longings, and, if his hypothesis holds, even our final joy. A masterwork of synthesis, it offers an epiphany in our search for meaning.
(Balfour M. Mount, OC, OQ, M.D., FRCSC, Eric M. Flanders Emeritus Professor of Palliative Medicine, McGill University)
A compassionate and scholarly tour de force. With great erudition Dr. Fricchione provides an explanation of the complex neurobiology of human attachment as well as case histories so vivid they make the reader cry. Here is wise advice on how modern doctors can still bring their hearts to the bedside.
(George Vaillant, M.D., Harvard Medical School)
It is not possible to give justice to such a large and complex project in a short review... enlightening and fascinating.
(Riadh Abed British Journal of Psychiatry