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The Anatomy of Hope pdf:- Why do some people find and sustain hope during difficult circumstances, while others do not? What can we learn from those who do, and how is their example applicable to our own lives? The Anatomy of Hope pdf is a journey of inspiring discovery, spanning some thirty years of Dr. Jerome Groopman’s practice, during which he encountered many extraordinary people and sought to answer these questions.

This profound exploration begins when Groopman was a medical student, ignorant of the vital role of hope in patients’ lives–and it culminates in his remarkable quest to delineate a biology of hope. With appreciation for the human elements and the science, Groopman explains how to distinguish true hope from false hope–and how to gain an honest understanding of the reach and limits of this essential emotion

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Description of anatomy of hope PDF

In “The Anatomy of Hope,” Dr. Jerome Groopman, Professor and Chairman of Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, tells extraordinary stories of hope in coping with conventionally hopeless diseases and suffering. Biologically, hope may stimulate the release of internal painkiller molecules. 

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The Anatomy of Hope

Jerome E. Groopman has been a staff writer in medicine and biology for The New Yorker since 1998. He is also the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and author of five books, all written for a general audience. He has published approximately 150 scientific articles and has written several Op-Ed pieces on medicine for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic.
  • Born: 1900
  • Awards: Quill Award for Health/self improvement (2007)
  • Education: Columbia University

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  • Author: Jerome Groopman
  • First published: 2003
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Genre: Health
  • Original language: English
  • Followed by: How Doctors Think


Top reviews from the United States

James Bell
 Emotion is not Reductionism

March 21, 2020

Retired Family Physician: I throughly enjoyed the book in the beginning. This is when the author was describing the patients during his early career. The book changed for me and became reductionist and over bearing when he describes his back pain and how he worked to overcome. He seems to not realize that terminal illnesses are different from his chronic pain. His success then triggered a search for what is hope.

This is where the book becomes hopelessly entangled in brain anatomy and biochemistry. The real issue in my mind is that the “hard issue “ of emotion was never addressed. That is how one distinguishes good pain from bad and how does a structure which is primarily water, fat and protein make the complicated and very difficult assessment of these very complex ideas.

Pain is not just patterns of electrical activity and of course no one knows where or even if memory is actually stored in the brain. To think otherwise is simply promissory reductionism.

 Fabulous Book

June 29, 2019

This book gave me hope when I was diagnosed for a second time with ovarian cancer. Despite the odds against me I am still here and cancer-free fifteen years later. I have bought several copies of this book for friends with cancer or for family members of cancer patients. I can’t explain the comfort it brought to me at a very dark time in my life.


Elizabeth S.
 Easy to read

November 12, 2017

It’s a nice book, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I was hoping for examples of how people could prevail while dealing with illness, but this was pretty much just some examples of people with cancer from the doctor that treated them. It didn’t contain any suggestions or practical ideas that could be applied to my life, which was what I was hoping for in this book.


 Great book, inspired me!

June 20, 2013

I bought this book after recently being diagnosed with a brain tumor. At this point, too small to tell if it’s benign or malignant. Another scan due in August. Before reading the book,and having the diagnosis, I always thought quality of life was more important than quantity.I am a nurse too. I always thought if I was diagnosed with stage 4 anything,(last stage)I would opt to do nothing. Just enjoy the time I had left, the best I could. But now after reading the book, I think I might seek aggressive treatment in hopes I could be like the occasional person who survives for years in spite of the odds against them. Some of them even cured. I think what each one of us has to ask ourselves if we are faced with a terminal diagnosis, am I up for the fight? It will take quite a bit of suffering to find out if you may be the exception,not everyone has the strength to do this. And even after aggressive treatment & a positive mind set, the person may still not survive. The book gave me a lot of hope about the mind/body connection & the power of the body to heal itself.Definitely worth reading. The fear you have when you find out you have possible terminal disease is overwhelming, but what my Dr said to me helped so much “just take one day @ a time” It has been a month since my diagnosis, & I am feeling better but I still have my moments, but then when I get afraid or depressed, I think, hey I am alive, still enjoying my life. There are so many others in this world so much worse off than I am. Hope is the most important thing there is besides Love. Don’t let anyone take your hope away.


P. J. Ryan
 There’s more to hope than we thought. Hope triggers biochemical changes.

April 4, 2015

We know hope impacts one’s emotions. But it also affects our physical being. I bought this book to learn about the BIOLOGY of hope. Written by an oncologist and citing actual patient cases (mostly cancer), Dr. Groopman explores the role of hope in fighting disease and healing.

The latter part of the book interested me the most. It documents the positive physiological responses evoked by hope. Top scientists are interviewed who study the biological link between emotion and biological responses. The most relevant studies on the subject are reviewed. We learn that there’s more to hope than we thought. Hope triggers biochemical changes. Biochemical changes can fight disease.

Dr Groopman shows how hope, belief and expectations can alter the course of our lives, and even of our physical body. Good news for any patient dealing with a serious health condition.

We recommend this book to readers on our website, Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients, on our ‘A-Fib Positive Thoughts & Prayer Group’ page (

Patti Ryan
Editor and Publisher,

The Healing Power of Thoughts and Prayer

 The author is a hematologist/oncologist who is not afraid to …

January 25, 2015

The author is a hematologist/oncologist who is not afraid to tell you about the mistakes he made s along his path to becoming a high-profile and much sought after cancer doctor. He really lets you in on what he was thinking when he made each decision (good and bad), and what unique lessons he learned from each of his patients. He discerns, patient by patient, which facets of their characters allow them to become “exceptional” patients, and the means by which exceptional patients ultimately become successful.

But be warned: success does not always mean that “exceptional” patients live. In the area of cancer, some do not survive. Instead, Dr. Groopman redefines success by observing the common similarities of the patients who are able to weather the storms of their illnesses without losing themselves along the way. These patients find a way to remain grounded, less fearful and more able to retain their pre-illness character-traits no matter where their paths may lead them…and THAT is where the success lies. The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness

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