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3.00325732899023 out of 53.00325732899023 out of 53.00325732899023 out of 53.00325732899023 out of 53.00325732899023 out of 5 3.00 (614 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerome Groopman Narrator: Jerome Groopman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An inspiring and profoundly enlightening exploration of one doctor’s discovery of how hope can change

the course of illness.

Since the time of the ancient Greeks, human beings have believed that hope is essential to life. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Harvard Medical School professor and New Yorker staff writer Jerome Groopman shows us why.

The search for hope is most urgent at the patient’s bedside. The Anatomy of Hope takes us there, bringing us into the lives of people at pivotal moments when they reach for and find hope--or when it eludes their grasp. Through these intimate portraits, we learn how to distinguish true hope from false, why some people feel they are undeserving of it, and whether we should ever abandon our search.
Can hope contribute to recovery by changing physical well-being? To answer this hotly debated question, Groopman embarked on an investigative journey to cutting-edge laboratories where researchers are unraveling an authentic biology of hope. There he finds a scientific basis for understanding the role of this vital emotion in the outcome of illness.

Here is a book that offers a new way of thinking about hope, with a message for all readers, not only patients and their families. "We are just beginning to appreciate hope’s reach," Groopman writes, "and have not defined its limits. I see hope as the very heart of healing."

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shoaib | 7/26/2016

    " I had the chance of listening to the book by fits & starts till the end. The beauty of this audiobook was that at any of the stage I picked up listening it again, I would never like to pause ! It's message of Hope & Struggle was ever-shining till the end. The oration was very clear, as if reading the book myself. The live events' experiences were also very encouraging for the people in despair. I am very thankful to Dr Groopman for this masterpiece, that keeps on sustaining the broken hearts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 2/6/2014

    " 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 by Annie | 2/6/2014

    " Nonfiction/Medical Anthropology: an exploration about how hope can effect or not effect the outcome of illnesses, written by an oncologist/hemotologist. Important for anyone who has or gone through a significal medical complication "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debra Daniels-zeller | 2/5/2014

    " How people prevail in te face of illness is the topic of this book. The author, Jerome Groopman is a doctor whose research specializes in blood disease, cancer and AIDS. Groopman lays out what hope is through stories, mostly about cancer patients, but one, surprisingly is his own story. Each story is about how hope changes lives, and whether you have it or not determines your survival. Hope here is more like "will to live." Goopman's writing and the stoires are compelling, even the last chapter about the biology of hope. "

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