David Spiegel Living Beyond Limits

ISBN 13: 9780449909409

Living Beyond Limits

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9780449909409: Living Beyond Limits

"Spiegel is a pioneer on the new frontier of healing." Bill Moyers
A scientifically proven program to help all people with chronic illnesses enhance the quality of their lives. Sensitive and inspiring, this book provides the solace and information that people with serious illnesses need to sustain the quality -- and in some cases the length -- of their lives.

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David Spiegel, a professor of psychiatry at Stanford whose work has revolved around mobilizing victims of life-threatening illnesses, offers detailed instruction for taking charge of affliction and living beyond limits. In a landmark study, Spiegel found that women with breast cancer who received standard medical care and met with a weekly support group experienced less depression, anxiety and pain, and lived twice as long as women who received no social support. Here he expands his findings to include all terminal illnesses from first diagnoses, through treatment, to the threat of impending death, and explains how facing fear head-on makes victims freer in the time they have left.

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Solid, research-based study of how to make the most out of life when faced with death. Spiegel (Psychiatry/Stanford) received wide public attention when Bill Moyers's Healing and the Mind program devoted a segment to his group-therapy work with terminal cancer patients. Spiegel conducts research that provides advanced cancer patients weekly group therapy in which they're helped to confront their disease, face the inevitability of dying, and reorder their life priorities. These patients experience less pain, anxiety, and depression than similar patients not in group therapy, and follow-up has revealed that they live significantly longer as well. The voices of men and women in Spiegel's group therapy programs are heard here as the author shares his findings, covering such topics as weathering the diagnosis; managing anxiety and anger; communicating feelings; getting help from friends, family, and support groups; dealing with doctors; facing death; and controlling pain. For the latter, he recommends hypnosis, or ``focused attention,'' and he describes how the same can be used to control anxiety and nausea as well. Spiegel rejects the idea of physician-assisted suicide, and he scorns the simple mind-over-matter approach that ends up blaming the patient for the illness. For Spiegel, coping with illness is both a physical and a mental process, because the body and the mind are interactive. Overall, he finds the ideal approach to illness to be one that combines modern technology with compassionate human support. Practical, caring, and strongly recommended. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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