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Not the Last Goodbye: Reflections on life, death, healing and cancer Hardcover – 18 Nov 2011
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'A profoundly human book that touches readers with a rare and healing candor'
An inspiring and heartbreaking book that will change the way you look at yourself, your life and the world around youSee all Product description
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The author was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and cofounder of the Center for Integrative Medicine before moving back to his native France. He was the author of Anticancer, a New Way of Life, an international best seller that was translated into 40 languages. He died on July 24, 2011.
"There are two types of denial," Servan-Schreiber writes. "The first is seen in patients who are so terrified by their illness that they would rather blind themselves to it, to the extent that they might not even seek treatment. This is an extremely dangerous attitude." Servan-Schreiber opted for the second type of denial, one in which there is always hope and every possible cure, including alternative medicine, is explored, even though the prognosis is bleak. At the same time, he surrounded himself with the emotional support of his family, including a wife and children, four brothers, and 20 cousins, pointing out that the more the dying person is surrounded by loved ones, the more he remains connected to life.
Servan-Schreiber admitted to his fears. Would he tremble with fear as he did 10 years earlier or would he face it with composure. What he feared most, he said, was dying in pain.Read more ›
Dr Servan-Schreiber takes us through his final year after he learns that his illness has returned in a much more aggressive form and openly examines the way in which he strayed from his own advice about staying healthy. His writing is so clear and accessible that he draws the reader into his story and leaves you feeling 'I wish I had known this remarkable man'.
If you loved 'Tuesdays with Morrie' and 'Morrie in his own words' then you will love this.
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Beautiful, inspiring, touching and sad. Not the Last Goodbye is the story nobody wanted to read following David's previous book, Anticancer, which greatly impacted the lives of so... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tenlo
Everyone should read this man's work....and having read 3 of his books I'd say read it all - everything worth while. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2014 by Happy Chappie
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