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Not the Last Goodbye: On Life, Death, Healing, and Cancerby David Servan Schreiber
Synopses & Reviews
At the start of this intimate and moving memoir, Dr. David Servan- Schreiber is returning by bicycle to his Paris home from an unsettling appointment. Following several months of fatigue and fainting spells, he had scheduled an emergency MRI. The results confirm his worst fears: the return of the cancer that he was first diagnosed with nineteen years earlier.
Fully aware of what the prognosis means, he redoubles his commitment to an Anticancer diet, and complements his chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and vaccine protocols with acupuncture and yoga. At the same time, he undertakes a close assessment of his own life, realizing that he has neglected a key piece of Anticancer advice-to create a stress-free life; instead he had embarked on an international tour to take his message to the public. Nevertheless, he concludes that he would not have done it any differently.
In this book, Servan-Schreiber raises many of the most complex and personal questions about how we live and how we prepare for death. Powerful, honest, and inspiring, he continually surprises with his thoughts on what's important in life and the meaning of death.
"Servan-Schreiber was a world-renowned psychiatrist and authority on cancer, whose book, Anticancer, encouraged holistic dietary and lifestyle changes to minimize the risks and effects of the disease. By following his own advice and undergoing several operations, he was able to reverse an aggressive form of brain cancer and extend his life by nearly two decades. But despite his best efforts, the tumor reappeared in a July 2010 MRI. Servan-Schreiber died 13 months later, but not before penning this epistle of hope in which he recounts his battle with cancer, his efforts to fully live his final months, and the lessons he has learned along the way. Humbly detailing his fears, regrets, and hopes for his family and those of others fighting cancer, Servan-Schreiber remains till the end a man committed to living. Readers will find this book touching, enlightening, and most importantly, life-affirming. Agent: Susanna Lea, Susanna Lea Associates. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, (1961-2011) was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the cofounder of the Center for Integrative Medicine. He codirected an NIH laboratory for the study of clinical cognitive neuroscience and has published more than ninety articles in scientific journals. His previous book, Anticancer: A New Way of Life, was an international bestseller and translated into more than forty languages. Since he was first diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor nineteen years ago, David continued to practice, teach, travel, and write, defying all medical prognoses. Following a year-long battle with a relapse, David passed away on July 24, 2011.
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