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Can hope contribute to recovery by changing physical well-being? To answer this hotly debated question, Groopman embarked on an investigative journey to cutting-edge laboratories where researchers are unraveling an authentic biology of hope. There he finds a scientific basis for understanding the role of this vital emotion in the outcome of illness.
Here is a book that offers a new way of thinking about hope, with a message for all readers, not only patients and their families. "We are just beginning to appreciate hope's reach," Groopman writes, "and have not defined its limits. I see hope as the very heart of healing."
"[Groopman] enters the paradoxical hope of cancer patients with a different sort of sympathy. His project is to dissect it meticulously, to find patterns behind it, and to understand its biology....Groopman contends that hope itself is in effect a vital organ, an entity that desperately needs sustenance, and that this sustenance is as essential to living as 'the very oxygen we breathe'." (The New York Times Book Review)
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By S. Marie on 02-10-04
An elegant treatise on the power of hope
A scientifically sound yet accessible work detailing Groopman's experiences as both doctor & patient and the role emotions play in affecting the trajectory of illness. I first became interested in this title after hearing an interview with Groopman on NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross." He spoke of his 10 year struggle with back problems; an experience that included a botched surgery and long convalescence. His recovery was hindered by skepticism and apathy on the part of the medical establishment- an establishment that he is sometimes ashamed to be part of. This experience forever changes him and his attudies towards his patients. This story and others, such as Groopman's missteps communicating with patients while a resident, are candidly revealed in his book. Throughout this book, many vivid stories of life, death and illness punctuate a discussion of medical research findings. Groopman successfully argues that hope & dispair, joy & saddness, alters human biology. Rigorous but never dry and tedious- sensitive yet not treacly like Chicken Soup for the Soul, this book shows us that the mind, body and soul are inexorably linked.
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By Nicholas Grimaldi on 03-12-07
ONLY read the book narrated by the author
This book is outstanding. Be confident in giving it to anyone who is sick or has family members who are sick. However, there is a huge difference between the narrators. Only get the book that has the author as a narrator. Even though it is abridged, it is so much better! I have purchased both versions and have made my parents and siblings purchase it. Great book!!!
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