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David Servan-Schreiber studierte Medizin, promovierte bei dem Nobelpreisträger Herbert Simon und ist heute renommierter Neurowissenschaftler, Psychiater und Autor. Für die "Ärzte ohne Grenzen" war er nach dem Irakkrieg im Norden Kurdistans, behandelte aber auch tibetanische Kinder und Opfer des Bosnien- und Kosovokriegs. Servan-Schreiber gründete den nordamerikanischen Zweig der Organisation. Als der Arzt selbst an einem Gehirntumor erkrankte, begann er sich intensiv mit pflanzlichen Wirkstoffen, mit gesunder Ernährung und Lebensführung als therapeutischer Ergänzung zur Schulmedizin zu beschäftigen und veröffentlichte seine Erfahrungen in mehreren populärwissenschaftlichen Büchern. In seiner Freizeit begeistert sich Servan-Schreiber für Squash.




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Down to Earth & Beyond 15. Dezember 2011
Von Michael E. Tymn - Veröffentlicht auf
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This short book was written by an accomplished French physician during the terminal stages of brain cancer. He discusses his initial bout with brain cancer some 20 years earlier, the surprise relapse in June 2010, his initial reaction to the terminal prognosis, the factors he felt contributed to the relapse, and most of all how he dealt with his pending demise.

The author was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and cofounder of the Center for Integrative Medicine before moving back to his native France. He was the author of Anticancer, a New Way of Life, an international best seller that was translated into 40 languages. He died on July 24, 2011.

"There are two types of denial," Servan-Schreiber writes. "The first is seen in patients who are so terrified by their illness that they would rather blind themselves to it, to the extent that they might not even seek treatment. This is an extremely dangerous attitude." Servan-Schreiber opted for the second type of denial, one in which there is always hope and every possible cure, including alternative medicine, is explored, even though the prognosis is bleak. At the same time, he surrounded himself with the emotional support of his family, including a wife and children, four brothers, and 20 cousins, pointing out that the more the dying person is surrounded by loved ones, the more he remains connected to life.

Servan-Schreiber admitted to his fears. Would he tremble with fear as he did 10 years earlier or would he face it with composure. What he feared most, he said, was dying in pain. "When you stop fighting illness, you still have one challenge left," he offers, "that of dying well - saying goodbye to the people to whom you need to say goodbye, forgiving those you need to forgive, and asking forgiveness of those who need to forgive you."

Servan-Schreiber had witnessed many of his patients die and most of them seemed to have had a "good death," one in which most of them saw death as a transition "from the life we know to something else that we cannot know." He had four or five patients who had near-death experiences, reporting on a light at the end of the tunnel, meeting deceased loved ones, and returning to this life with the feeling of peace and celestial joy. Although he had been a typical rational scientist and atheist, and was aware of the skeptical arguments relative to the spiritual implications of the NDE, Servan-Schreiber said that the stories offered him some hope of seeing loved ones again. "I can say that at the uncomfortable stage at which I find myself today, these accounts are more precious than ever," he continues. "I accept their inevitable mysterious or mystical dimension, though I can't find in it any argument in favor of one religious dogma over another."

Having read two other books within the last year or two by dying doctors - one a medical doctor and the other a Ph.D. type - who couldn't bring themselves to even mention the possibility of consciousness surviving death, I found this book to be a breath of fresh air. It was a quick read, but a very satisfying one.
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A precious gift: This is a manual for living and dying 28. November 2011
Von Dr. Christine Maingard - Veröffentlicht auf
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As a medical resident at the age of 30 or so, Dr David Servan-Schreiber was diagnosed with cancer of the brain. This profoundly changed the direction of his life's journey. He began to research alternative medicine and wrote bestselling books (Healing Without Freud Or Prozac, Anticancer, A New Way of Life, New Edition and more) that were the culmination of his own experience as a patient but also as a doctor.

Dr David Servan-Schreiber never dismissed conventional medicine but looked at how we can also help ourselves - through understanding the body, the immune system, and the important roles of our emotions & thinking, physical activity, and anti-cancer nutrition.

The story he shares in Not the Last Goodbye: On Life, Death, Healing, and Cancer begins when his brain cancer returned, almost 2 decades after his original diagnosis. The book is deeply moving, powerful and truly inspiring. It is a precious gift from someone whose illness is terminal, but who still lives every day fully and with the knowledge that his life was not in vein.

He died in July 2011, just eight weeks after completing this gift. In the afterword, his brother Emile writes that "until the end, David remained a doctor at heart, a healer" who "took care of our souls" and who, until a few days before he died, had the feeling that he had "defied the cancer in a most meaningful way. He had not allowed it to get in the way of his being useful, of his helping alleviate other people's suffering."

Thank you Dr Servan-Schreiber!

Christine Maingard
Author of 'Think Less Be More:Mental Detox for Everyone'
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Closure for fans 20. Dezember 2011
Von Phillips - Veröffentlicht auf
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The contents are beautifully summarized by previous reviewers Michael Tymn and Dr. Maingard, so no reason to repeat a synopsis but just to add a few thoughts:
I was saddened to find out recently that Dr. Servan-Schreiber passed on in July 2011. His two previous books "Instinct to Heal" and "Anti-Cancer" are significant contributions to human health and well-being, and I was looking forward to reading many more such monumental works by him. Alas, no more. For those of us who admired this author but did not know him personally, "Not .... Last Goodbye" provides comforting closure. The chapter on his regrets about the manner in which he treated women, in my opinion, adds little to this final farewell. Instead it would have been nice if he could, instead, have eulogized some of the more important women in his life. While he writes at length about his father in his final book, I found no such detailed and/or positive mention of his mother. The relationship with his wife also seemed a bit nebulous. If he is happily married, then how come we are not left with a sense that his soul mate provided much comfort in his final year (he mentions how lonely he feels at night)? The book could have used tighter editing, but overall it sounds sincere and 'from the heart'. For those of us who admired this researcher who so successfully blended the best of Western and alternative medicine, the book offers a final farewell. f you are not familiar with Servan-Schreiber, and have ever been faced with or have loved ones who have struggled with depression and/or cancer, run to the nearest book store or download "Instinct to Heal' and/or 'Anti-Cancer' onto your electronic reader. If you want some ideas on how to treat your body kindly, read "Anti-Cancer". Sad that this is the last book from a wonderful scientist but grateful he wrote the first two books and shared his findings with the rest of us. Just like Steve Jobs, David Servan-Schreiber was snatched from life much too early. And just like Steve Jobs, humanity can be very grateful that this man once existed and greatly contributed to the rest of humankind.
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Thoughtful 22. November 2011
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A wonderful sequel to his previous works. David is a colleague who shared his journey from young/naive researcher, to patient, to wise investigator and healer, to vulnerable human - allowing us to learn from his experiences. I have asked all those I love to read Anticancer and this work intimately completes the story.
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It was the last goodbye. An example of how dedicated Dr. Servan-Schreiber was to helping us 15. Dezember 2011
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Dr. Servan-Schreiber was dedicated to his goal of surviving cancer as long as possible (19 years) and of teaching us how to do the same.
This book and his best-seller "Anticancer, A New way of Life" guide me as nothing else could. I feel he is a friend, a soulmate, and although remission is just a pause before death he shows us ways we may make remission last as long as possible.
He even says in "Not the Last Goodbye" where he went wrong at the end in not following his own not resting enough, by being driven in his work, by not spending enough time in nature and peaceful pursuits.
I recommend this book to cancer patients, present and future, and that is most of us. He will guide us on the journey.
What a brilliant, remarkable man.
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