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Being Mortal: A Surgeon on the Crossroads Between Our Bodies and Our Inner Lives and What Really Matters in the End
Being Mortal: A Surgeon on the Crossroads Between Our Bodies and Our Inner Lives and What Really Matters in the End

How dying confers upon living “the courage to act on the truth we find.”

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Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies
Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies

The startling physiological effects of loneliness, optimism, and meditation.

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Children’s Endearing Letters to Judy Blume About Masturbation, and the Beloved Author’s Response
Children’s Endearing Letters to Judy Blume About Masturbation, and the Beloved Author’s Response

“Dear Judy, I want to ask you a very important question…”

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Darwin’s Battle with Anxiety
Darwin’s Battle with Anxiety

A posthumous diagnosis of the paralyzing mental malady that afflicted one of humanity’s greatest minds.

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Van Gogh and Mental Illness
Van Gogh and Mental Illness

“One feels as if one were lying bound hand and foot at the bottom of a deep dark well, utterly helpless.”

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Artist Matt Freedman’s Courageous Visual Diary of Cancer
Artist Matt Freedman’s Courageous Visual Diary of Cancer

A graphic chronicle emanating honesty and humor — our two greatest weapons in the face of helplessness.

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