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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (Feb. 3 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676973124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676973129
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4 2004
Format: Hardcover
I hope anyone who wants to explore how the mind can adversely effect the body will find time to read this book. I would have wished for more discussion and illumination on the subject of healing - however, what there is, is good. Many times I found myself pausing and reflecting on new and different ways of seeing and approaching life.
There are many salient points worth re-reading. The authour discusses the physiology of stress, and explores psychological areas, such as assigning "blame." Often the reader is asked to consider the child that proceeds the adult. When all is considered: a thought provoking, disturbing, and illuminating work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Diana Ralph on Jan. 9 2010
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When I collapsed from burnout and a range of auto-immune disorders, Mate's book was the one resource that compassionately explained the emotional roots of these and many other illnesses, including cancer and MS, and offered practical directions for change. This one book gave me the permission to finally listen to my body and choose a less stressful life. I am now both healthier and far more relaxed than ever before.

Mate, a physician and former medical editor of the Globe and Mail, writes eloquently from his own experience and from his intensive work with patients. He offers a wholistic perspective, a refreshing alternative to the medical model and genetics. Throughout, his compassion, wisdom and self-critical humor shine through.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 5 2004
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Gabor Mate took a difficult subject (PNI, emotions, and the "cause" of illness) and made it understandable, readable, and very insightful. Whether you are just at the start of your journey in this field or if , like me, you have a library full of Myss, Hay, Chopra, and Brennan, you will find wonderful stories that you won't be able to forget and an adundant amount of research that will help you as you heal your life. I highly recommend it and am buying two copies to lend out, there is no way I will let go of my copy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aycee on Feb. 28 2010
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Wonderfully written and insightful, Dr. Gabor Mate is both humble and knowledgeable. I work as a naturopathic doctor and professor, and regularly recommend this book to the patients and students that I work with. It helps to show how our unconscious belief systems are reflected in our bodies and is an excellent explanation of the mind-body connection. Dr. Mate is a gifted author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krays on Sept. 1 2013
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This is an eye opening book about the world that we live in and the impact on our physical being.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By unhappy on July 22 2013
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For anyone suffering from a serious illness and wonders why, this book is an eye opener that helps explain the mind body connection and personality traits that set us up for that illness. This book played a pivotal role in my cancer reversal and has changed my life for the better. I strongly recommend the book, Dr Mate is a genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sweetmaria on Feb. 12 2012
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I am greatly interested in mind and body connection and I love reading new books on this subject.
This book was very interesting also because it was written by an actual MD and a specialist in palliative care, and was based on real patients srories, unlike other books that are written by spiritual teachers with no medical background.
I hope in the future all doctors will considre mind/body connection when treating patients, and not just the physical body.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Merilyne Brown on June 3 2010
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I am still in the midst of reading the book, but thoughly agree with what the good doctor has to say. Too bad the medical profession as a whole is so slow to learn from their collegues. I am in an ongoing tussle right now with my own doctor (who incidentally teaches at the local med school) that things that have happened to me in the past can effect me now in a physical way. I am looking forward to reading the seven "A's" and how I can improve my life. In the end I think that is what it is all about.
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