Quotes by John E. Sarno

"There's nothing like a little physical pain to keep your mind off your emotional problems."

"It is perfectly acceptable to have a physical problem in our culture, but people tend to shy away from anything that has to do with the emotions."

"Acknowledging the important role of the emotions in health and illness, medicine must reexamine its concepts of disease causation."

"What one must then do is develop the habit of “thinking psychological” instead of physical. In other words, I suggest to patients that when they find themselves being aware of the pain, they must consciously and forcefully shift their attention to something psychological, like something they are worried about, a chronic family or financial problem, a recurrent source of irritation, anything in the psychological realm, for that sends a message to the brain that they’re no longer deceived by the pain. When that message reaches the depths of the mind, the subconscious, the pain ceases. That"

"Most of the structural changes in your spine are natural occurrences.” “The brain doesn’t want to face up to the repressed anger, so it is running away from it.” “By laughing at or ignoring the pain, you are teaching the brain to send new messages to the muscles.” “We’re going to help you take the Sword of Damocles into your hands instead of having it hang over your head."

Books by John E. Sarno

John E. Sarno
  • John E. Sarno

  • Date of birth: June 23, 1923
  • Died: June 22, 2017
  • Description: John E. Sarno, MD was Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Sarno served in the U.S. Army Medical Department, 67th Field Hospital-European Theater from 1943 to 1946. He practiced as a family physician for ten years preceding his specialization in rehabilitation medicine. In the early 1950s he initiated the establishment of the Mid-Huson Medical Group in Fishkill, New York. He served as Director of Outpatient Services and Attending Physician at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center for several decades.

    Fun fact: His book Healing Back Pain is recommended by Paul Lieberstein, actor and writer of "The Office," a popular television comedy.