The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness
the course of illness
Since the time of the ancient Greeks, human beings have believed that hope is essential to life. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Harvard Medical School professor and New Yorker staff writer Jerome Groopman shows us why.
The search for hope is most urge...more
This book explores the role of hope in fighting disease and healing. It discusses the biochemical changes related to hope and the physician's role i...more
Groopman writes with the authority earned from his long career as a hematologist and oncologist, professor at Harvard Medical School, and medical staff writer for The New Yorker. Reviewers contend that this slim volume is useful for people suffering serious illness--and just about everyone else. While at times the case histories seem one-dimensional, they aptly illustrate Groopman's points with sensitivity and insight. Interestingly, Groopman never defines hope in his work. Instead, he shows how...more
As someone who recently underwent her own (comparatively minor) health crisis, I can clearly see how crucial hope is to...more
Dr. Groopman is a hematologist/oncologist. So he deals mostly with cancer and HIV, that kind of thing. He discusses the differences he saw in outcomes and experiences according to the different degrees of hope each patient had. He also shared how some patients went from having little hope, to having more hope for a positive outcome. I enjoyed th...more
I will take a way a sense that we in the medical community do not know everything. We never said we do, in fact, we constantly say we do not – but we feel as if we do. I will take away that if there is a 99% chance of certain death than 1% will not – an...more
Nothing new here.
It pales in comparison to the last medical-book-for-the-masses I read," The Empe...more
And, bonus points, not too hopeful about the hopefulness of hoping hopefully.
By which I mean that this book is NOT pop psychology, but pop neuroscience. What's the difference? In a pithy sentence, pop psych promises solutions to questions without answers, and popneurosci provides answers to questions that don't promise anyth...more
One outstanding chapter, on how Dr. Groopman dealt with his chronic back pain and how he convalesced after a failed spine operation, will change how patients and physicians perceive...more
Dr. Groopman also shares some fascinating stories and ideas about hope, the role it plays in illness and the placebo effect, it's not what you think.
analysis of hope—what it is, why it is, how it affects us and what happens to us, both the psychological and physiological experience of hope. The book treats the doctor’s own experience with serious disease, as well as drawing on his experience treating seriously ill patients. It’s a good read for adults, but probably doesn’t move fast enough for adolescents. It might be a good book for kids taking psychology.
Book is in the house, on one of the shelves, waiting to be picked up - i believe i am the first reader. Who is next?