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Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient. Reflections on Healing and Regeneration.

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By Cousins Norman. , with introduction by Dubos René. . 173 pages. W.W. Norton & Company; , New York: , 1979.. Price, $9.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(2_Part_1):278. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-92-2-278_1
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This short, provocative work addresses a topic of immense importance to modern medicine: the vital role of "affirmative emotions" in the human struggle against disease and disability. Cousins expands his ideas on the relevance of love, faith, hope, laughter, and the will to live to recovery from illness, as earlier expressed in a lay article published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The resulting overwhelming, positive response to his innovative ideas by thousands of physicians gave him the incentive to further articulate his thoughts about holistic health, the importance of placebos in curtailing illness, and the link between creativity


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