Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, U. Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and attending physician at the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, The divided mind the epidemic of mindbody disorders pdf York University Medical Center.
He graduated from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1943, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1950. In 1965, he was appointed the Director of the Outpatient Department at the Rusk Institute. According to Sarno, TMS is a psychosomatic illness causing chronic back, neck, and limb pain which is not relieved by standard medical treatments. He includes other ailments, such as gastrointestinal problems, dermatological disorders and repetitive-strain injuries as TMS related.
Sarno states that he has successfully treated over ten thousand patients at the Rusk Institute by educating them on his beliefs of a psychological and emotional basis to their pain and symptoms. Sarno’s theory is, in part, that the pain or GI symptoms are an unconscious “distraction” to aid in the repression of deep unconscious emotional issues. Supporters of Sarno’s work hypothesize an inherent difficulty in performing the clinical trials needed to prove or disprove the diagnosis, since it is difficult to use clinical trials with psychosomatic illnesses. Sarno wrote about his experience in this area in his first book on TMS, Mind Over Back Pain.
His second book, Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, has sold over 150,000 copies. Sarno’s most recent book, The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders, features chapters by six other physicians and addresses the entire spectrum of psychosomatic disorders and the history of psychosomatic medicine.
Sarno’s books describe two follow-up surveys of his TMS patients. The first in 1982 interviewed 177 patients selected randomly from those Sarno treated in the preceding three years.
76 percent stated that they were leading normal and effectively pain-free lives. 109 randomly selected patients stated that they were free of pain one to three years after TMS treatment. 51 chronic back pain patients, whose average pain duration before the study was 9 years.
In terms of statistical significance and success rate, the study outperformed similar studies of other psychological interventions for chronic back pain. 20 co-anchor John Stossel and television writer Janette Barber. All six have praised Sarno and his work highly.
Stern dedicated his first book in part to Sarno. Howard Stern, Larry David, and John Stossel are featured in a documentary about Dr. On February 14, 2012, John Sarno, MD appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, and Pensions to address ‘Pain in America: Exploring Challenges to Relief’. Sarno’s treatment approach to pain.
In fact Senator Harkin describes his own successful experience with pain relief from reading Dr. Senator Harkin relates how his niece’s chronic pain symptomatology from fibromyalgia resolved after reading Dr.