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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 20th Anniversary edition edition (13 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393326845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393326840
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 0.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Amazing and heartening." "An entertaining and instructive example of an inspired participation of a patient in his own treatment."

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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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
Succumbing to a collagen-related disease, the author deduces that the remedies are increasing the problems, and with the support of his doctor pursues a programme of self-healing. The factors involved are humour (comedy films and books, Vitamin C and a positive outlook). The results are successful. This leads to a brief study of the body's chemical response to a placebo and the contribution to self-healing that this can make. He further explores the link between creativity and longevity, citing nonogenarians and the power of creative outlets in maintaining health and mobility, the broader view of holistic healing and the response of doctors to his research.
The book is readable and an asset to anyone interested in holistic health or in the process of fighting or recovering from disease and illness.
The book does not preach nor advocate specific routes, but is refreshing in its openness and exploration of the untapped powers that lie within to maintain good health.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Link on 10 Sept. 2009
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This book is a fascinating read and is a must for anyone who is feeling negative about their health. There is a lot packed into this small book but once you start reading you do not want to put it down. The book gives a very usefull insight into why we suffer from pain and also discusses the subject of placebos. This book is very uplifting and after reading it i was not only feeling positive about my condition but also i had been enlightened about topics that i had never really thought about before. Fascinating.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Elliot on 10 April 2010
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This is the most inspirational book I've ever read - it opened up a whole new world for me. I'd recommend it to everybody.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aristotelis on 28 Jan. 2012
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Norman describes everything he experienced until the writing of the book regarding his illness and gives us, the patients or better say the non-medical minds, another way of approaching 1) life and 2) illness.

Humanity needs more similar books which have the power to nudge us to try something different (more profound in my opinion) than simply entering a building, receiving a prescription from an "expert" and then swallowing all kinds of chemical substances which in many cases do not improve but impede recovery.

thank you Norman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Riordan on 23 Sept. 2012
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I loved this book and found it most helpful and encouraging. It really tells us how what we believe in has such power over us and our health. If you believe in health and your power to maintain it - you will. Of course you must also live what you believe.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Twinkle on 23 May 2009
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This is a great book and gives a good insight into the benefits of laughter.
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