Why People Get Sick: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection
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A groundbreaking study on the relationship between mental and physical health. A stomach ache before a job interview is common enough--but how else can the mind affect the body? Can conditions like heart disease, cancer, asthma or arthritis be exacerbated, or relieved, by our own thoughts and feelings? Have you ever wondered why people get sick when they do? Does the mind really affect the body? And why does modern medicine seem to have so little interest in the unconscious process and emotional factors behind illness? And what--if anything--can we do about it? Why People Get Sick explores the relationship between what's going on in our heads and what happens in our bodies, combining cutting-edge research with neglected findings in medical history. In light of America's growing health crisis, Darian Leader and David Corfield's study could not come at a more critical moment. With remarkable case studies and startling new insights into why we get sick, this intriguing and thought-provoking book should be read by anyone who cares about their own health and that of other people.
May 01, 2008
5.68 X 1.05 X 8.19 inches | 0.84 pounds
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About the Author
Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst practicing in London. He is the author of Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post? and the coauthor, with David Corfield, of Why Do People Get Ill?
David Corfield holds a Junior Lectureship in Philosophy of Science at the University of Oxford.