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Books by Robert Ornstein on Mind and Health

The Healing Brain

Breakthrough Discoveries About How the Brain Keeps Us Healthy

With David Sobel

In this intriguing, fact-filled exploration of the myriad healing powers of the brain, Ornstein and Sobel show us how the brain constantly interacts with the body, changing its responses to experience. Combining neurological research with mind/body health perspectives, The Healing Brain  helped to launch the now current understanding of the role of mind in health.

“The Healing Brain is a gem.The authors have managed to synthesize, summarize, and clearly communicate a broad body of knowledge … into a coherent description of how the brain affects our health and well-being. It is a treasure trove of information and insights into an area of vital importance to us all.”Philip R. Lee, M.D., University of California School of Medicine

“Entertainingly written and authoritative. A superb, comprehensive, balanced review of how the brain guards the health.”Jerome D. Frank, M.D. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“This is a very readable, thoughtful, creative book. It brings together a vast amount of information … in a new way that I have never seen before. This is a brilliant tour de force that will be a major force in setting a new direction for research in the years ahead.”S. Leonard Syme, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

The “All About Me” Series

Forward by Robert Ornstein

This series of books aimed at ages 11-21 helps young people cope with the complexities of adolescence.

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Healthy Pleasures

With David Sobel

This book explores the scientific evidence that pleasures – from saunas to siestas, chocolate to charity – and positive attitudes such as happiness to optimism are not only enjoyable but contribute to your life-long health.

“Reading it is one of life’s healthier pleasures.” The New York Times

“In emphasizing the importance of pleasing rather than punishing ourselves Ornstein and Sobel encourage us to think of the basic elements of our existence – food, drink, rest, work, sunrises and sunsets, too – in a refreshingly affectionate light.”Los Angeles Times Book Review

The Mind & Body Health Handbook

With David Sobel

“… has sound, sensible advice. This is a book physicians and mental health providers should recommend to their patients. It will help them avoid getting sick, manage themselves better when they are sick, and help them use our health care system for what it has to offer.”C. Everett Koop, MD, former US Surgeon General.

Until now, people haven’t been provided with an owner’s manual. Mind & Body Health Handbook is a very clear, accessible, and useful guide to the human mind and body. Before you spend any more time trying to figure out how to program your VCR, learn how to program yourself by reading this book. You can learn how to enjoy more and suffer less.” David Spiegel, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine.

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