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Re: Norman Cousins on Placebos Jane D

Posted by Paige on May 27, 2001, at 7:02:22

In reply to Norman Cousins on Placebos Paige, posted by Jane D on May 26, 2001, at 22:57:54

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Hi jane,

I think the most profound comment that remained
in my mind regarding Norman Cousins was his
statement that we tend to separate the mind and
the body an they are both run by the same blood
stream.

I wouldn't say his book is gospel, but in 1979 when it was
written I would to venture say there was not a whole
lot of interest in his alternative based thinking
and way of healing. Maybe in the 60s, but certainly not
approaching the 80s.

I am glad the book appealed to you in some way.

Not being an avid reader of NEJM and being just
a lay person with depression, my offerings are
minimal at best, but it was a thought that dawned
on me. In college I did a term on the Placebo
Effect for my Psych class and Cousins was just
the tip of the iceberg upon my research. There
were thousands of cases of placebo response and
also non-placebo. The most fascinating to me was
sham surgery with heart patients. The list goes on.

I think our minds have powerful input over every aspect
of our bodies and certainly our way of thinking.

Thank you for your information from NEJM. It has helped
me also.

Take care, Jane.

Best,

Paige


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