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Norman Cousins (1915–1990)

Autor/a de Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient

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Norman Cousins (1912-1990) was a longtime editor of the Saturday Review and the author of eleven books on health and healing, among other works

Obres de Norman Cousins

Head First: The Biology of Hope (1989) 283 exemplars
Dr. Schweitzer of Lambarene (1957) 147 exemplars
Human Options (1981) 116 exemplars
The Pathology of Power (1987) 65 exemplars
The Words of Albert Schweitzer (1984) — Editor — 45 exemplars
In place of folly (1961) 27 exemplars
Modern man is obsolete (1945) 25 exemplars
Who Speaks for Man? (1953) 21 exemplars
Master Photographs (1988) 19 exemplars
The Physician in Literature (1982) 13 exemplars
Great American Essays (1967) 4 exemplars
Memoirs of a Man: Grenville Clark (1975) — Editor — 3 exemplars
Letter to Helen Fay 1 exemplars
In Place of Folly 1 exemplars
La Volonté de guérir (1981) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Persuasion and Healing: A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy (1961) — Pròleg, algunes edicions140 exemplars
Conversations with Wallace Stegner on Western History and Literature (1983) — Pròleg, algunes edicions49 exemplars
Why Man Explores (1976) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Writer to Writer: Readings on the Craft of Writing (1966) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars

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# Anatomy of an Illness
“The basic theme of this book is that every person must accept a certain measure of responsibility for his or her own recovery from disease or disability.”

Accepting my disability and my illness does not mean that I have to be defined by it. I can use the skills that I learn through private research and implementation to better myself mentally and neurologically so that I am not just a statistic. But an over comer with a powerful story and a motivational and inspirational message of hope and deliverance.

I want to help myself get better mentally and neurologically by reading and writing and following protocols that are recommended and doing proper grieving over my illness and figuring out a way to live a full life without letting my life be determined by a label or circumstance or person.

What I learned from this book was that in order for an individual to get better they have to take charge and be the doctor and parent of their own condition, life, and journey to recovery and full return to health while minimizing the use of medications if applicable.

What I mean by that is that you have to do research to figure out everything to know about your diagnosis. Read the research. Then formulate a plan of achievement in monthly goals on what you are going to focus on for that month. Some illnesses-like mine-are aggravated by the Internet browsing too much so I limit Internet use to only the essentials and that is it. Essentials for me are book reviews or writing. I limit my Internet usage to one hour per day. And that is it.

Figure out what foods you can eat. Or what drinks you can drink. And what you can avoid or bypass. Like a doctor you have to have a treatment plan that you follow and update yourself once a year.

Like a parent you must have boundaries and limitations that you do not cross for yourself concerning your illness and do not even think about even doing it. Because you know the adverse effects of doing so would not be beneficial for you. At all.

Lastly exercise outside daily. And keep your body active as much as you can by moving around and sitting down only when strictly necessary.

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“Your health and your body are up to you and in your control. So treat both well and you will reap the rewards and have a long life. Treat it miserably and you will reap the fallout of not caring for your body and health. It’s your choice. So choose wisely. Before someone chooses for you.*
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Kaianna.Isaure | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | May 28, 2024 |
> Babelio : https://www.babelio.com/livres/Cousins-La-volonte-de-guerir/440217

> LA VOLONTÉ DE GUÉRIR / LA BIOLOGIE DE L’ESPOIR, de Norman Cousins - Ed. Le Seuil. — Norman Cousins est connu dans le monde entier comme “ l’homme qui réussit à guérir d’une maladie mortelle à force de rire ” : explication sans doute un peu simplifiée de ce qui lui arriva quand, dans les années 60, cet Américain atteint d’un terrible mal, sorte de sclérose en plaque rapide, et à qui les médecins venaient d’apprendre qu’il n’en avait plus que quelques mois, décida de se soumettre à une “ cure intensive de rire ”(notamment en allant voir des films drôles) et qui, contre toute attente, réussit en effet à éliminer sa maladie. Depûis, l’idée que l’on puisse guérir d’un mal très grave en changeant de vision du monde et d’état d’esprit est devenue courante. À vrai dire, beaucoup de thérapeutes, aujourd’hui encore, admettent difficilement que l’être humain ne soit pas considéré comme une “ machine biologique ” et que l’humeur et la conscience puissent avoir une importance décisive sur la chair et les os. Cela dit les découvertes en PNI (psycho-neuro-immunology) ont été tels depuis quarante ans, que la médecine se trouve désormais obligée de complètement revoir sa copie. Vous avez pouvoir de vie sur vous-même et votre meilleur outil est votre capacité à vous fendre la poire. Les livres de Cousins sont actuellement épuisés en France. Espérons qu’un éditeur les republiera bientôt...

- Voir aussi sur le même thème : Comment prendre la vie du bon côté ?

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Joop-le-philosophe | Mar 30, 2023 |
> Babelio : https://www.babelio.com/livres/Cousins-La-biologie-de-lespoir--Le-role-du-moral-...

> Voici le témoignage d'une personne qui est convaincu qu'il doit sa guérison à sa volonté de survivre et à sa cure de rire, ce pouvoir de guérison que nous avons en nous et enseigne aux personnes malades à ne pas se laisser décourager à la suite d'une mauvaise nouvelle.
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> LA VOLONTÉ DE GUÉRIR / LA BIOLOGIE DE L’ESPOIR, de Norman Cousins - Ed. Le Seuil. — Norman Cousins est connu dans le monde entier comme “ l’homme qui réussit à guérir d’une maladie mortelle à force de rire ” : explication sans doute un peu simplifiée de ce qui lui arriva quand, dans les années 60, cet Américain atteint d’un terrible mal, sorte de sclérose en plaque rapide, et à qui les médecins venaient d’apprendre qu’il n’en avait plus que quelques mois, décida de se soumettre à une “ cure intensive de rire ”(notamment en allant voir des films drôles) et qui, contre toute attente, réussit en effet à éliminer sa maladie. Depûis, l’idée que l’on puisse guérir d’un mal très grave en changeant de vision du monde et d’état d’esprit est devenue courante. À vrai dire, beaucoup de thérapeutes, aujourd’hui encore, admettent difficilement que l’être humain ne soit pas considéré comme une “ machine biologique ” et que l’humeur et la conscience puissent avoir une importance décisive sur la chair et les os. Cela dit les découvertes en PNI (psycho-neuro-immunology) ont été tels depuis quarante ans, que la médecine se trouve désormais obligée de complètement revoir sa copie. Vous avez pouvoir de vie sur vous-même et votre meilleur outil est votre capacité à vous fendre la poire. Les livres de Cousins sont actuellement épuisés en France. Espérons qu’un éditeur les republiera bientôt...

- Voir aussi sur le même thème : Comment prendre la vie du bon côté ?

*Source: Nouvelles Clés

*Source: Nouvelles Clés
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Joop-le-philosophe | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Feb 19, 2021 |
I heard more than five decades ago about a blockbuster book that titillated my interest. Only recently did I get around to reading it. It relates to medicine and healing. Now that I'm tagged as being in the “senior citizen” category, it seemed high time to absorb this work by the late political journalist Norman Cousins.

This man created quite a stir back in the day with his book, Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient. It advocates self-healing through laughter. In 1964, Cousins had suffered from a not very well known debilitating disease called ankylosing spondylitis. This condition brings on inflammation, and can result in the fusing of small bones in the spine. It's very painful and is widely regarded having no cure.

His doctor was impressed with Cousins' will to live. The patient took great interest in his own condition. He thought deeply about what he was facing, and kept the doctor informed of those thoughts. This was certainly not the typical patient who either blindly obeys medical orders or is not so good at obeying what the doctor advises. The author came to a self-discovery that laughing has a therapeutic effect. He found that watching comedy movies that were very funny caused him to engage in deep belly laughter, and that in turn the laughing made him feel better.

That wasn't all Cousins learned while being treated. He took a serious look at the benefits of ascorbic acid, the substance more commonly known as vitamin C. The patient took large quantities of the vitamin after learning it was found to have increased lifespans of cancer patients by weeks and even months. He became personally involved in discussions with a young cancer patient who was terminal, but lived months longer than expected after taking ascorbic acid.

The book gives indications of how self-determination can play an important part in recovery from illness. The patient learned that extraordinary challenges can result in positive outcomes after the mind and body summon their innermost resources. The author's own body went far beyond the point where medical experts anticipated. I searched online and found that Cousins lived to the age of 75, his demise being the result of a heart attack. He lived a considerably longer life than what would have been expected, given the condition that compelled him to look into ways to improve his own health fortunes.

The book meets up to the hype that I had heard back in the 1960's. It is definitely worth the most stars it can be given.
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JamesBanzer | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Aug 18, 2020 |

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