New PDF release: Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient

By Norman Cousins

ISBN-10: 0393326845

ISBN-13: 9780393326840

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

Anatomy of an Illness was once the 1st e-book by means of a sufferer that spoke to our present curiosity in taking cost of our personal future health. It began the revolution in sufferers operating with their medical professionals and utilizing humor to spice up their our bodies' means for therapeutic. whilst Norman Cousins used to be clinically determined with a crippling and irreversible affliction, he cast an strange collaboration along with his doctor, and jointly they have been capable of beat the percentages. The doctor's genius used to be in aiding his sufferer to take advantage of his personal powers: laughter, braveness, and tenacity. The patient's expertise used to be in mobilizing his body's personal traditional assets, proving what an efficient therapeutic software the brain will be. This striking tale of the triumph of the human spirit is actually inspirational interpreting.

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Most people become panicky about almost any pain. On all sides they have been so bombarded by adverzone? tisements about pain that they take this or that analgesic at the slightest sign of an ache. largely illiterate about pain deal with It is the it rationally. Pain way the body We are and so are seldom able is to part of the body's magic. transmits a sign to the brain that 37 ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS wrong. Leprous patients pray for the sensation of pain. What makes leprosy such a terrible disease is that the victim usually feels no pain when something is his extremities are being injured.

In a related study doctors gave placebos to who had 133 depressed patients not yet received a drug. One-quarter of them responded so well to placebos that they were excluded from further testing of actual drugs. 4 percent reported drowsiness, which is characteristic of antihistamine drugs. In a study of postoperative wound pain by Beecher and Lasagna, a group of patients who had just undergone surgery were alternately given morphine and placebos. Those who took morphine immediately after surgery registered a 52-percent relief factor; those who took the placebo first, 40 percent.

If I had to guess, I would say that the principal contribution made by my doctor to the taming, and possibly the conquest, of my illness was that he encouraged me to believe I was a respected partner with him in the total undertaking. He fully engaged my subjective energies. He may not have been able to define or diagnose the process through which selfconfidence (wild hunches securely believed) was some- how picked up by the body's immunologic mech- anisms and translated into antimorbid was acting, I effects, believe, in the best tradition of but he medicine in recognizing that he had to reach out in my case beyond the usual verifiable modalities.

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