Hoping Mechanisms

photoOliver Wendell Holmes, a 19-century physician once cautioned, "Beware how you take away hope from another human being." For nearly 30 years, Jerome Groopman has treated cancer and AIDS patients and has encountered hope in many of them.

When you're really sick, says Dr. Jerome Groopman in his new book "The Anatomy of Hope," hope is no magic wand. But it's a powerful factor, far more intricate and subtle than easy assertions of a mind-body connection might suggest.

Click the "Listen" link to hear Dr. Jerome Groopman talk about the role of hope in the healing process.


Dr. Jerome Groopman, Harvard Medical School professor, staff writer for The New Yorker, author of the new book "The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness."

This program aired on February 12, 2004. The audio for this program is not available.


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