Anatomy of an Illness

As Perceived by the Patient

Norman Cousins (Author)

With an Introduction by René Dubos


A special hardcover gift edition of the New York Times bestseller: Norman Cousins's phenomenal bestseller on illness overcome and the triumph of the human spirit.

The premise of Norman Cousins's enormously influential work is that the human mind is capable of promoting the body's capacity for combating illness and healing itself even when faced with a seemingly hopeless medical predicament. The author recounts his personal experiences while working in close collaboration with his doctor to overcome a crippling and supposedly irreversible disease, and illustrates the life-saving and ultimately life-prolonging benefits to be gained by taking responsibility for one's own well-being. Cousins's story is inspirational reading for anyone contending with a serious illness.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • September 2001
  • ISBN 978-0-393-04190-3
  • 5.9 × 7.8 in / 192 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Other Formats

  1. Book CoverAnatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient

    Twentieth Anniversary Edition / Paperback

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