Born in France, Servan-Schreiber was a medical doctor, neuroscientist, and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He was a co-founder (and then director of) the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a volunteer physician in Iraq, and the co-founder of the U.S. branch of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), serving in Guatemala, Kurdistan, Tajikistan, India, and Kosovo. He was given the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society Presidential Award for Outstanding Career in Psychiatry (2002), and his book Healing Without Freud or Prozac was a best-seller, as was Anticancer: A New Way of Life, where he talked about his own survival from brain cancer. But his brain cancer returned. “I am convinced that ‘Anticancer’ has played an important role in the fact that I survived cancer for 19 years when the first diagnosis gave me only six at the most,” he said, when he learned that he wouldn’t survive the second round. He died in France on July 24, at 50.
From This is True for 24 July 2011