The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness
Genre: Collection (Case Studies)
- Woodcock, John
- Date of entry: May-09-2005
This book contains six medical case studies in which hope, or lack of it, played a role in the outcome. Five stories are of Groopman's cancer patients, the sixth the story of his own recovery from severe chronic lower back pain. The book concludes with an account of Groopman's search for scientific answers to the questions that inspired the book: How is the cognitive-emotional complex of hope formed in the mind? How might that complex affect the chemistry of the brain? And how might that, in turn, affect the physiology of the body in a way that would be relevant to healing?
The author is a hematologist-oncologist, professor at the Harvard Medical School and chief of experimental medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has written on numerous medical topics for The New Yorker magazine.