Norman Cousins

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Author, editor, diplomat and professor, Mr. Norman Cousins is often described as the man who laughed his way to health.  He has chronicled his experiences of using his own regimen of nutritional and emotional support systems to fend off a life-threatening disease and a massive coronary in two bestselling books, "Anatomy of An Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflection on Healing and Regeneration" and "The Healing Heart."

A man who gets "a kick out of challenging the odds," Mr. Cousins has fortuitously had ample opportunity to do just that.  As editor of the Saturday Review from 1942-71 and again from 1975-78, he bolstered that magazine’s circulation to 650,000.  He has also served as a diplomat during three presidential administrations, produced numerous books on political and social issues, and is currently a professor of medical humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Cousins’ most recent literary works are "The Words of Albert Schweitzer" and "Albert Schweitzer’s Mission: Healing and Peace" which has just become available in bookstores this month.

Mr. Cousins is the recipient of nearly 50 honorary doctorate degrees.  Among the many honors and awards that have been bestowed upon him are: Family of Many award, 1968; Peace medal, United Nations, 1971; Gold medal for literature, National Arts Club, 1972; Author of the Year award, American Society of Journalists and Authors, 1981.