Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient

Anatomy of an Illness cover

Author: Norman Cousins

Genre: Memoir/Medical

Publisher: Open Road Media

Pages: 192


When Cousins was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he decided to take himself out of the hospital, and attempt to treat his disease at home. He and his doctor came up with a regimen of laughter, vitamin C, and rest. The treatment, surprisingly, worked! This proved his hypothesis that the patient’s attitude towards their health was a very large part of the battle against diseases. He used this same attitude to combat heart disease at a later time. This book, which tells of Cousins’ account of using these methods to combat disease, was revolutionary in the area of holistic medicine and gives patients hope to this day that they can have a large hand in their own medical treatment.

I found this book to be both honest, and at times, laugh out loud funny. It really gives you inspiration, and hope that you can truly take hold of your personal health and have a hand in your own treatment. I recommend this book to anyone interested in healthcare, battling an illness, or who has a loved one battling an illness. It may truly change your way of thinking about your health.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for this review copy.

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