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Century Marks

Body talk: When Edwin Friedman faced quadruple bypass surgery, he wondered whether he had heretofore seen his body as a friend. Perhaps—but if so, he had abused this friend. “If my symptoms could talk, what would they say to me?” he wondered. He imagined his symptoms saying, “You take care of us and we’ll take care of you.” Friedman concluded that his recuperation had to begin before the surgery (What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? Seabury Books).


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