Servan-Schreiber is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist and cancer survivor. This book came before Anti-Cancer and focuses on curing anxiety, etc. This book was quite frankly a godsend for me. I deal with PTSD and have struggled to find the correct kind of help This is book is by the author of one of my favorite books I have read so far this year, Anti-Cancer.

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He was The cancer was aggressive and his decline swift. He died 13 months later, last summer. His mission was to tell people that by making a few simple lifestyle changes they would have a far better chance of staying well.

He wrote two bestselling books about his ideas that were translated into 35 languages. But nothing could help him stave off his own cancer this time. As a physician, David had seen at first-hand how squalid — and lonely — death could be for many people. He wanted to make sure he had "a successful death experience" — and to write one last book that might help others do the same. It went straight to the top of the bestseller lists — just in time: David died on 24 July.

The family moved from Paris to America in the mids, where the four brothers attended the University of Pittsburgh, to which David would later return as clinical professor of psychiatry. David, meanwhile, became a celebrated psychiatrist. In , after receiving the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society Presidential Award for Outstanding Career in Psychiatry, he turned to writing the self-help books that would find huge global audiences. In , Healing Without Freud or Prozac set out a drug-free approach to treating stress, anxiety and depression.

In , Anticancer: A New Way of Life was designed to help readers reduce the chance of developing the disease by describing the preventive regime he adopted after surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy for his first tumour. He divorced his first wife, with whom he has a son, Sasha, now Even when he got married a second time — to Gwenaelle, who he says taught him how to love, and be loved, for the first time — he admits in the book that it was hard to slow down, and to always practise what he preached.

Having spent years helping patients prepare to die, David now had to face his own end. Sasha replied, both directly but enigmatically, that it was hard having a sick father. His father relented. This must have been a considerable sacrifice. You just have to live through it and learn, and cope, the best you can.

David spent his final months in a hospital room crowded with well-wishers. There were many all-night vigils. David, the empathetic doctor, strove to keep the mood light, and encouraged those closest to him not only to come and say a final goodbye, but, should he still be alive the following week, to come and say goodbye again. He spent as much private time with his wife as he could, and with his two younger children, Charlie, then aged two, and Anna, who was six months, keenly aware that they would grow up with no physical memory of him.

He had planned, says Emile, to leave a series of video messages for the children, but never quite had the energy: "What he did have, he wanted to use writing his book. He would meet our clumsiness with limitless patience; he would dissipate with a grateful gaze any embarrassment caused by his extreme physical dependence on us. David was not afraid of death. May it be so, my brother. It was something he cared about a lot, and he remained connected to us all until the very end.

That was his way.


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