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5.0 out of 5 stars A readable and fascinating book for expert and layman,, 26 July 1999
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This review is from: The Sickening Mind: Brain, Behaviour, Immunity and Disease (Paperback)
This erudite and immensely readable book explores the interaction between mind and the immune system. Drawing on three millenia of literature (as evidence of the human experience), and very recent research, Martin demonstrates that (crudely) how you feel affects your immunity to disease, and how your immune system affects the way you feel. To summarise it crudely, Martin demonstrates that just as cleaning your teeth daily may not of itself prevent you getting bad teeth - but not doing so makes it considerably more likely - so a low state of mental health renders each of us more likely to suffer from disease, slower to recover, and to live for a shorter period. Along the way, Martin suggests that suppressing the symptoms - such as taking pills to reduce fever - itself prolongs disease.
This is a book for the expert, but also for anyone who is broadly interested in health. Easy and fascinating reading. R J McL
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