By Norman Cousins
The best-selling, groundbreaking vintage by means of Norman Cousins on battling life-threatening disease 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 wellbeing and fitness. It begun the revolution in sufferers operating with their medical professionals and utilizing humor to spice up their our bodies' skill for therapeutic. whilst Norman Cousins used to be clinically determined with a crippling and irreversible illness, he cast an strange collaboration together with his doctor, and jointly they have been in a position to beat the chances. The doctor's genius was once in supporting his sufferer to exploit his personal powers: laughter, braveness, and tenacity. The patient's expertise used to be in mobilizing his body's personal usual assets, proving what an efficient therapeutic instrument the brain will be. This impressive tale of the triumph of the human spirit is really inspirational interpreting.
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Nodules appeared on my body, gravel-like substances under the skin, indicating the systemic nature of the disease. At the low point of my illness, my jaws were almost locked. Dr. Hitzig called in experts from Dr. Howard together. In a sense, then, I Rusk's rehabilitation clinic in New York. They confirmed the general opinion, adding the more particularized diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis, 30 which ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS would mean that the connective was disintegrating. I asked Dr. Hitzig about He tissue in the spine my chances for full recov- one of the specialists had told him I had one chance in five hundred.
Hitzig was willing to set aside the large and often hazardous armamentarium of powerful drugs available to the modern physician when he became convinced that his patient might have something better to offer. He was the art of healing also wise enough to know that And, though I can't be sure of this point, I have a hunch he believed that my own total involvement was a major factor in 44 is still my a frontier profession. recovery. ANATOMY People have asked what by the specialists that I OF AN ILLNESS thought my disease when I was told was progressive and incurable.
All and rheumatic diseases are in is this category. the fibrous substance that binds the cells was coming unstuck. I had considerable difficulty in moving my limbs and even in turning over in bed. Nodules appeared on my body, gravel-like substances under the skin, indicating the systemic nature of the disease. At the low point of my illness, my jaws were almost locked. Dr. Hitzig called in experts from Dr. Howard together. In a sense, then, I Rusk's rehabilitation clinic in New York. They confirmed the general opinion, adding the more particularized diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis, 30 which ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS would mean that the connective was disintegrating.