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4.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 5 4.03 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerome Groopman Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9781415901953
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Why do some people find and sustain hope during difficult circumstances, while others do not? What can we learn from those who do, and how is their example applicable to our own lives? The Anatomy of Hope is a journey of inspiring discovery, spanning some thirty years of Dr. Jerome Groopman’s practice, during which he encountered many extraordinary people and sought to answer these questions. 

This profound exploration begins when Groopman was a medical student, ignorant of the vital role of hope in patients’ lives–and it culminates in his remarkable quest to delineate a biology of hope. With appreciation for the human elements and the science, Groopman explains how to distinguish true hope from false hope–and how to gain an honest understanding of the reach and limits of this essential emotion. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 2/20/2014

    " anyone who is going to practice medicine needs to read this book! This book came to be at just the right time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/10/2014

    " Much of this is Groopman's memoir of his work with patients, and a careful consideration of how doctors approach their patients with serious illness. The truth, delivered in different ways, can affect people very differently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Mattes | 1/22/2014

    " I found this book to be particularly interesting as a student of Physical Therapy. It was touching and inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/9/2014

    " Because I cannot easily "buy" the feel good, think and be well philosophies which seem so prevalent today, I wanted to see what a doctor had to say. (As a doctor-wannabe, I was also interested.) The author is an oncologist/hematologist who started out, like me, being skeptical of such exhortations and follows his career and understanding through years and fascinating patient stories. I have a much better understanding of the real value of placebos, how morphine works as well as the actual value of believing in the possibilities for recovery. This book is NOT "The Power of Positive Thinking." It IS a scientific explanation by an M.D. who also writes for the NYT and shares what he has done wrong, how he has hurt chances for his patients' recovery and how he uses what he knows now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/3/2013

    " i read this book during the last month my brother was alive. life-changing. everyone who is in the medical profession should be required to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/27/2013

    " Groopman tells some amazing stories in this book--about people surviving against tremendous odds--and then considers the physical changes that are possible when people are hopeful. Hope, it seems, both improves the overall, physical outcome (in difficult to quantify ways) and, when the physical outcome isn't improved, improves the overall quality of life. Using his 19 years of back pain as an example of hopelessness, Groopman explores how you can learn to hope, and explains how, over the years, he has learned when and how to encourage his patients to hope (within realistic limits). For example, he has found that some of the extreme fatigue associated with heavy doses of chemo makes people hopeless, so he now tries to mitigate some of this fatigue with other drugs as less fatigue equals more hope equals better outcomes. Groopman uses case studies as examples of hope/hopelessness and the book is captivating because of their stories (and because of his willingness to share his). It's scientific in nature, but written for a general audience and is very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mireya | 11/18/2013

    " This book is the product of the author's emotional journey through understanding how differently patients react to their own diagnoses and circumstances, and why physicians have to treat patients individually, and not as cases of this type or another type of cancer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaci Riley | 11/7/2013

    " I am only on chapter 3 but so far I love this book! Will keep you posted! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/5/2013

    " This is a great book, especially for anyone suffering from disease. Essentially, a collection of patient stories and medical research that help one understand the role that realistic hope can play. It's not the most amazing prose, but the topic is so compelling that I had to give it 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yak | 10/11/2013

    " Groopman is always interesting because his accounts of patient cases are so compelling. I'm not sure he tied together his whole theme of the anatomy of hope, but it was very interesting nonetheless. If I ever get a terminal disease I'm sure I'll reread it :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 7/30/2013

    " Excellent book for anyone who works in healthcare or who is living with chronic illness. Lots of concrete information presented in a very readable format from a well respected authority. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom | 7/30/2013

    " Good information for anyone dealing with chronic illness personally or professionally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 7/26/2013

    " Dr Groopman writes of his journey to understanding the impact of hope on the outcomes in cancer patients. He certainly writes in an honest and heartful manner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa Vandenberg | 7/7/2013

    " The basis of the book is good, but towards the end of the book it seems the author was writing about nothing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan roth | 5/19/2013

    " Very interesting, although not terribly concrete in it's information. The book discusses the idea of "Hope" and the role it plays in a patient's recovery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 10/2/2012

    " Really lovely/provocative first 1/3-2/3. Wasn't as interested in the neuroscience of the later chapters--most of it I already knew and it wasn't particularly well linked to the earlier clinical stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 5/30/2012

    " Not a profound book, but gives an interesting perspective on the role of hope in recovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 2/27/2012

    " A book about the mind-body connection. It is written by a doctor looking back on his and his patient's experiences with hope. What is the difference with true hope and false hope? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 8/11/2011

    " A must-read for anyone gong through or taking care of someone with a major (and/or terminal) illness. Groopman discusses his shifting POV from the perspectives of a doctor and a patient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 6/15/2011

    " I really liked this book. As a doc, I have struggled with the same dilemmas and have come to some of the same conclusions. It was a cathartic read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/9/2011

    " This is a really good book about how someones frame of mind can affect their chances of recovering from a life-threatening illness. The doctor recounts the stories of a number of his patients who had cancer. It is well written enough that you come to care about these people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Rainey | 1/5/2011

    " Excellent piece especially for anyone suffering from chronic or terminal illness. Fascinating. Makes me want to research updated data and studies. Inspiring and motivating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/9/2010

    " Exactly what i was looking for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/7/2010

    " I really liked this book. As a doc, I have struggled with the same dilemmas and have come to some of the same conclusions. It was a cathartic read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 11/1/2010

    " Excellent piece especially for anyone suffering from chronic or terminal illness. Fascinating. Makes me want to research updated data and studies. Inspiring and motivating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dana | 9/26/2010

    " Was assigned this for school and thought it was great. Really helped me better understand diagnosis of cancer and how people respond. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 8/5/2010

    " This was an interesting book to read. The author shared his journey as he experienced different cancer patients that had different levels of hope and how he dealt with hope in the face of a serious health challenge.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 12/18/2009

    " This book was written by an oncologist who told a number of stories of how patients dealt with their cancer and what he thought brought them hope. An interesting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/11/2009

    " I liked this book but felt a deep sense of anger because it seemed to me that the anatomy of hope really was wrapped in wealth and access to excellent health care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryBliss | 12/7/2009

    " Excellent and readable discourse on the challenge and nature of hope in the face of terrific challenges. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 11/24/2009

    " I like Dr. Groopman's approach to patients and to writing. Gripping stories and a lot of thoughtful reflection, backed up by years of real-world experience in hematology-oncology research and treatment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 9/22/2009

    " I found this book to be a fascinating look at the psychology and physiology of hope when one is faced with illness, especially because it waw written by an MD. It really struck home because I have osteoporosis, my brother has MS and one of my sisters had cancer. "

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About the Author
Jerome Groopman, M.D., holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is the chief of experimental medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His research has focused on the basic mechanisms of blood disease, cancer, and AIDS. He is a staff writer in medicine and biology for The New Yorker and is the author of two popular books, The Measure of Our Days and Second Opinions, which were the inspiration for the television series Gideon’s Crossing. In 2000 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He lives with his wife and three children in Brookline, Massachusetts.
About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.