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By Norman Cousins

The best-selling, groundbreaking vintage by way of Norman Cousins on scuffling with life-threatening ailment via humor and sufferer participation in care.

Anatomy of an Illness used to be the 1st ebook via a sufferer that spoke to our present curiosity in taking cost of our personal healthiness. It began the revolution in sufferers operating with their medical professionals and utilizing humor to spice up their our bodies' means for therapeutic. while Norman Cousins used to be clinically determined with a crippling and irreversible disorder, he solid an strange collaboration along with his doctor, and jointly they have been capable of beat the percentages. The doctor's genius was once in assisting his sufferer to exploit his personal powers: laughter, braveness, and tenacity. The patient's expertise was once in mobilizing his body's personal typical assets, proving what a good therapeutic software the brain might be. This extraordinary tale of the triumph of the human spirit is actually inspirational interpreting.

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Pills. Sleep I was completely off drugs and sleep- — blessed, natural sleep without pain was becoming increasingly prolonged. 42 ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS At the end of the eighth day I was able to move my thumbs without pain. By this time, the sedimentation rate was somewhere in the 80s and dropping fast. I couldn't be sure, but it seemed to me that the gravellike nodules on my neck and the backs of my hands were beginning to shrink. There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to make it back all the way.

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. The answer verdict, I is simple. Since I didn't accept the wasn't trapped in the cycle of fear, depres- and panic that frequently accompanies a supposedly incurable illness. I must not make it seem, however, that I was unmindful of the seriousness of the problem or that I was in a festive mood throughout. Being unable to move my body was all the evidence I needed that the specialists were dealing with real concerns.

As I thought about the injection procedure, some questions came to mind. Introducing the ascorbic acid directly into the bloodstream tive use of the vitamin, but might make more I effec- wondered about the body's ability to utilize a sudden, massive infusion. I one of the great advantages of vitamin C is that the body takes only the amount necessary for its purposes and excretes the rest. Again, there came to mind Cannon's phrase the wisdom of the body. knew that — Was there a coefficient of time in the utilization of The more I thought about it, seemed to me that the body would ascorbic acid?

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