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February 1991

'Laughing All the Way to the Bank'

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Cherry Hill, NJ

Arch Intern Med. 1991;151(2):404. doi:10.1001/archinte.1991.00400020138034

To the Editor.—  It was very refreshing to read Dr Elgee's1 comments concerning Norman Cousins that appeared in the August issue of the Archives.1When the New England Journal of Medicine first published an article by Norman Cousins2 in 1976, I had written to Mr Cousins explaining that I thought his rheumatologic problem was probably polymyalgia rheumatica that usually goes away within a year or two on its own and could have been helped immensely, if the appropriate diagnosis had been made, with lowdose steroids, which are very safe and effective. Probably more effective than laughter therapy. He wrote me a nice letter stating that other rheumatologists around the county had suggested the same thing after reading his article in the New England Journal of Medicine and that he was very much interested in this theory. Lo and behold, along came his book, Anatomy of an Illness

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