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A masterpiece of popularization Times Literary Supplement A fascinating account, based on objective scientific research, of the ways in which mental states affect the individuals liability to disease Martin is a highly civilised scientist, who seasons his text with witty parentheses. He also provides many examples from literature, ranging widely from Shakespeare, Goethe and ‘A masterpiece of popularization’ Times Literary Supplement ‘A fascinating account, based on objective scientific research, of the ways in which mental states affect the individual’s liability to disease… Martin is a highly civilised scientist, who seasons his text with witty parentheses. He also provides many examples from literature, ranging widely from Shakespeare, Goethe and Hardy to Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Kafka… Interesting, informative and a pleasure to read.’ ANTHONY STORR, Sunday Times ‘Excellent’ JON TURNEY, Financial Times ‘This most accessible account of a difficult subject blows away some prejudices and pleasingly justifies others… Martin is a biologist whose style is considerate of the layman…and it is a tribute to his own benignly infectious enthusiasm for his subject that his closing thoughts are encouraging… Remarkable.’ ALAN JUDD, Daily Telegraph ‘Compelling… Balanced and impressively up to date… The tone of voice, the open-minded but critical intelligence should uplift the quality of the debate… Martin’s lucid account of possible mechanisms of the connections between mental states and personality traits and illnesses is a notable triumph of his book… Excellent.’ RAYMOND TALLIS, Times Literary Supplement


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A masterpiece of popularization Times Literary Supplement A fascinating account, based on objective scientific research, of the ways in which mental states affect the individuals liability to disease Martin is a highly civilised scientist, who seasons his text with witty parentheses. He also provides many examples from literature, ranging widely from Shakespeare, Goethe and ‘A masterpiece of popularization’ Times Literary Supplement ‘A fascinating account, based on objective scientific research, of the ways in which mental states affect the individual’s liability to disease… Martin is a highly civilised scientist, who seasons his text with witty parentheses. He also provides many examples from literature, ranging widely from Shakespeare, Goethe and Hardy to Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Kafka… Interesting, informative and a pleasure to read.’ ANTHONY STORR, Sunday Times ‘Excellent’ JON TURNEY, Financial Times ‘This most accessible account of a difficult subject blows away some prejudices and pleasingly justifies others… Martin is a biologist whose style is considerate of the layman…and it is a tribute to his own benignly infectious enthusiasm for his subject that his closing thoughts are encouraging… Remarkable.’ ALAN JUDD, Daily Telegraph ‘Compelling… Balanced and impressively up to date… The tone of voice, the open-minded but critical intelligence should uplift the quality of the debate… Martin’s lucid account of possible mechanisms of the connections between mental states and personality traits and illnesses is a notable triumph of his book… Excellent.’ RAYMOND TALLIS, Times Literary Supplement

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    The longer I teach pathophysiology and physiology, the more I'm absolutely sure that our brain influences our heath. I was thrilled to finally find a book which deals with the research done in determining how much our brain and our emotions have an impact on how our body responds in health and sickness. Martin makes a good case for this, in that he provides much of the research that's been done over the last thirty years that show how closely brain/body connections are. I especially loved the The longer I teach pathophysiology and physiology, the more I'm absolutely sure that our brain influences our heath. I was thrilled to finally find a book which deals with the research done in determining how much our brain and our emotions have an impact on how our body responds in health and sickness. Martin makes a good case for this, in that he provides much of the research that's been done over the last thirty years that show how closely brain/body connections are. I especially loved the info he provided on the immune system's response to the brain. As a Neuroscientist, in med school we used to poke fun at the people in psychiatry because their ideas were based not on science, but on theories that had no way to be proven. This book does demonstrate experimental and scientific work that proves the mind has a huge impact on the immune system. I really appreciated the research that Martin did for this book. I like to tell my nursing and pre-med students that when a psychiatrist says it's all in your head, they should answer back, and say yes it is...but there is a physical basis for psychiatric disorders. The brain changes in response to illness, and the body changes in response to the brain. I'm probably going to keep this book on my kindle, because I want to read it again and use it in my classrooms!! Such a great book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Iga

    Very interesting book about mind-body influence. Written based on valid scientific research and trying to be as objective as possible. I liked especially that author does not tell you what to do - he presents different approaches and explains strong and weak points of each. You need to draw conclusions by yourself to benefit from it in your daily life, but it is well worth it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rich McKee

    Go Figger Very interesting and well researched for the most part, but too long-winded in a few places. The authors overall writing style is quite clear and straightforward, and not at all saturated in scientific or psychological jargon. A good and enlightening read. Go Figger Very interesting and well researched for the most part, but too long-winded in a few places. The author’s overall writing style is quite clear and straightforward, and not at all saturated in scientific or psychological jargon. A good and enlightening read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tiago Costa Silva

    Interesting to learn about the connection between our minds and disease.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Njoud Ab

    Amazing book!❤ Amazing book!❤️

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    This should be a must read for everyone. This is about the mind and body relationship. This book is heavily researched. My review would not do this book justly. READ!

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