Head First - Large Print Author:Norman Cousins Subtitle: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit — "People tell me not to offer hope unless I know hope to be real, but I don't have the power not to respond to an outstretched hand. I don't know enough to say that hope can't be real. I'm not sure anyone knows enough to deny hope. I have seen too many cases these past ten y... more »ears when death predictions were delivered from high professional station only to be gloriously refuted by patients for reasons having less to do with tangible biology than with the human spirit, admittedly a vague term but one that may well be the greatest force of all within the human arsenal."
Anecdotal research combines with scientific data in this effort to show that a positive attitude can aid the healing process. Cousins' pionering account of his personal triumph over severe illness was the precurser of hundreds of articles and books dealing with the mind's ability to influence the body's health. Head First depicts Cousins' 10-year quest to find the proof that positive attitudes are actually biochemical factors which combat disease.« less