The importance of continuing education in the humanities for the health practitioner

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  • Norman Cousins

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    • Norman Cousins is adjunct professor on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was formerly editor for 35 years of the Saturday Review magazine. He is the author of 16 books, including Human Options, An Autobiographical Notebook, The Physician in Literature, and Anatomy of an Illness, an enlargement of his article appearing originally under that title in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a trustee of the American Institute of Stress; the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio; and the Ruth Mott Fund in Flint, Michigan. He is a member of the Special Medical Advisory Group of the Veterans Administration. He has served on the board of advisors of the School of Medicine of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is a member of the International Relations Commission of the National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Cousins was the head of the New York City Commission that designed the Environmental Protection Administration for that city. He has been chairman of the Pulitzer Prize jury in literature. He holds honorary degrees in literature, science, and law from 42 colleges and universities. He was named Author of the Year by the Society of Authors and Journalists in 1980. He is the recipient of the United Nations Peace Medal, the American Peace Award, the Gold Medal for Literature Award of the National Arts Club, the award of the government of Canada for service to the environment, the Family of Man Award, the City of Hiroshima Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Peace Award, the Personal Medallion of Pope John XXIII (for his role as mediator in negotiating the release from prisons of Josyph Cardinal Slipyi and Joseph Cardinal Beran), the Irita Van Doren Book Award, and the Henry Johnson Fisher Publisher of the Year Award of the Magazine Publishers Association. Mr. Cousins is president of the World Federalists Association of the United States and the former president of the World Association of World Federalists. He has carried out diplomatic missions abroad as personal emissary for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.


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