In the summer of 1964, the well-known writer and editor Norman Cousins became very ill. He consulted his physician, who did many tests. Eventually he was diagnosed as having ankylosing spondylitis, a very serious and destructive form of arthritis. His doctor told him that he would become immobilized and eventually die of the disease.
Despite the diagnosis, Cousins was determined to overcome the disease and survive. He had always been interested in medicine and had read the work of the organic chemist Hans Selye, The Stress of Life (1956). This book discusses the idea of how body chemistry and health can be damaged by emotional stress and negative attitudes. Selye’s book made Cousins think about the possible benefits of positive attitudes and emotions. He decided to concentrate on positive emotions as a remedy to heal some of the symptoms of his ailment. In addition to his conventional medical treatment, he tried to put himself in situations that would elicit positive emotions. “Laugh therapy” became part of his treatment. He scheduled time each day for watching comedy films, reading humorous books, and doing other activities that would bring about laughter and positive emotions. Within eight days of starting his “laugh therapy” program, his pain began to decrease and he was able to sleep more easily. His body chemistry even improved. Doctors were able to see an improvement in his condition. He was able to return to work in a few months’ time and actually reached complete recovery after a few years.
【Group】42 What is the main idea of this passage?
(A)Doctors? diagnoses may not always be correct.
(B)Mind-body interaction may affect a person’s health.
(C)Laugh therapy is very powerful and can cure all kinds of diseases.
(D) When diagnosed with a serious disease, one should seek alternative treatments.