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Anecdotal research combines with scientific data in this effort to show that a positive attitude can aid the healing process. "Cousins's scrupulously detailed information makes the book invaluable," applauded PW.
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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140139656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140139655
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on November 24, 2003
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Cousins connects personal experience with scientific research to make a compelling case for the healing power of positive emotions. Norman Cousins was a journalist who was healed through changing his behavior and thoughts. As a followup to his experience he was brought to the UCLA Medical School to do further inquiry into the topic. He interviewed physicians, patients, and family members in his study.
He discusses how his findings were misinterpreted and made to appear shallow by critics. But he felt that he had a valid contribution to make to our understanding of ourselves.
Philosophically he makes some cogent points throughout this book. Personally I love what he writes about Southern California. Consider also his comments on life well lived:
"The clock provides only a technical measurement of how long we live. Far more real than the ticking of time is the way we open up the minutes and invest them with meaning. Death is not the ultimate tragedy in life."
Buy this book! Read it! You'll be thankful you did.
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Everyone who is alive should read this book NOW, before you get sick, especially with an incurable sickness like cancer, etc. In the first half of the book, Mr Cousins explores the mind-body relationship by example, not theory. Even if you already have a positive outlook, this will only (and very strongly) deepen the strength of that positiveness (new word?).

The second half talks about relationships among doctors. If you have more than one doc diving you medications, chances are they are NOT talking to each other to compare the sysmptoms of mixing the drugs, which may be the cause of a seemingly worse problem.

It is a very easy read. READ it now. You will not regret it. It is more than just laughing.
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By A Customer on June 14, 2000
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This book shows how remarkable and awesome the human spirit truely is. Cousins gives examples of how humor affected the body in a profound healing manor. After facing cancer and the gloom around the therapies, Cousins turned to humor to help fight the battle and overcame many obstacles in his way. Even those whose lives are not touched by cancer in some way can appreciate the benefits of a little humor therapy. Great book!
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I purchase and give this book whenever I have a friend that has been diagnosed with cancer. It helped me focus on what was important during my own recovery from non-Hodgkins lymphoma (1991), Great writer and individual who put his money and time to follow and implement what his principles were.
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Too many medical doctors expect respect, appreciation, and complete compliance with their directives without making any real effort to relate to the patient. Relationship skills and attitudes the doctor and patient bring to the matter being addressed make a difference in the outcome. Cousins makes that point very clear.
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This story clearly explains the power of one's mind. Attitude towards one's illness is more important than many people realize.
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