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.
Drawing on his own experience with a back injury, New Yorker staff writer Groopman explains how that feathered thing called hope can alleviate illness. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
In this provocative book, New Yorker staff writer and Harvard Medical School professor Groopman (Second Opinions; The Measure of Our Days) explores the way hope affects one's capacity to cope with serious illness. Drawing on his 30-year career in hematology and oncology, Groopman presents stories based on his patients and his own debilitating back injury. Through these moving if somewhat one-dimensional portraits, he reveals the role of memory, family and faith in hope and how they can influence healing by affecting treatment decisions and resilience. Sharing his own blunders and successes, Groopman underscores the power doctors and other health care providers have to instill or kill hope. He also explains that hope can be fostered without glossing over medical realities: "Hope... does not cast a veil over perception and thought. In this way, it is different from blind optimism: It brings reality into sharp focus." In the final chapters of the book, Groopman examines the existing science behind the mind-body connection by reviewing, for example, remarkable studies on the placebo effect. By the end of the book, Groopman successfully convinces that hope can offer not only solace but strength to those living with medical uncertainty. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Praise for The Anatomy of Hope
"Provocative and important . . . a book about healing and life .
. . Groopman . . . writes with a clear, crisp, unpretentious prose
that keeps the reader interested and the pages turning. Like Oliver
Sacks and Atul Gawande, he is a master storyteller who uses the
examples of real patients to explain the mysteries of
-Boston Sunday Globe "The Anatomy of Hope sings with compassion and honesty."
"Here is a man who has seen many deaths and many miracles and who writes about them with vigor and faith in the power of individuals to change their fates and in some power larger than all of us as well."
-Los Angeles Times Book Review "This book is the guide and the promise that all of us-patients and doctors alike-have been seeking, in the quest for hope amid the trials and fears of illness."
-SHERWIN B. NULAND, M.D.
"The kind of hope-the kind of love-that shines through this book's pages . . . will undoubtedly save many other patients and their families, in body and in spirit."
-The Washington Post Book World