Dimensions: 352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 in
Published: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Free Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451610173
ISBN - 13: 9781451610178
About the Book
From one of the world's foremost physicians and researchers comes a monumental work that radically redefines conventional conceptions of health and illness to offer new methods for living a long, healthy life.
Read from the Book
The End of Illness 1 What Is Health? A New Definition That Changes Everything Everyone has a vague idea of what it means to live a healthy life. Eating a balanced diet: good. Smoking: bad. Breaking a sweat regularly: good. Binge drinking: bad. Getting a restful night’s sleep: bonus. Being happy: double bonus. Some of us may choose to disregard these basic tenets on occasion, but for the most part, we know the difference between the habits that help us stay youthful and strong, and those that can detract from our well-being. We try our best to stay out of harm’s way, but what happens when we get sick or develop a chronic medical condition or, heaven forbid, are diagnosed with a serious illness? After experiencing the frustration of Why me? many of us begin to ask ourselves other, more probing inquiries about where we might have gone wrong. Was it something in the water? A lifelong love of hamburgers and fries? An overdemanding boss and, as a result, an overwhelming stress level? Too much alcohol? Too little exercise? Secondhand smoke? Exposure to industrial chemicals? A habit of living dangerously, whatever that might mean? Bad luck? Or perhaps, some of us think, this outcome was fated because it was just in my DNA all along. If I could collect a nickel for every time someone in the world thought that genetics was wholly to blame for this illness or that defect, I’d be the wealthiest man on earth. It’s human nature to point fingers at someone or somethi
From the Publisher
Can we live robustly until our last breath?
Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In the #1 New York Times bestselling The End of Illness, Dr. David Agus tackles these fundamental questions and dismantles misperceptions about what “health” really means. Presenting an eye-opening picture of the human body and all the ways it works—and fails—Dr. Agus shows us how a new perspective on our individual health will allow us to achieve a long, vigorous life.
Offering insights and access to powerful new technologies that promise to transform medicine, Dr. Agus emphasizes his belief that there is no “right” answer, no master guide that is “one size fits all.” Each one of us must get to know our bodies in uniquely personal ways, and he shows us exactly how to do that. A bold call for all of us to become our own personal health advocates, The End of Illness is a moving departure from orthodox thinking.
About the Author
David B. Agus is a cancer doctor and biomedical researcher. He is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California and heads U.S.C.'s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He has written several books including The End of Illness and A Short Guide to a Long Life.
“What you will find in this book are clear and compelling reasons to be more pro-active about your health. The sections explaining physiology and the latest medical findings are very good, and are far more persuasive than the usual lectures we are given about all our bad habits. To misquote the Hippocratic Oath, ‘First do no harm.’ It will do you no harm to dream of the end of illness, but until that time, it might just do you some good to follow Agus’s eminently sensible advice.”
—The Globe and Mail