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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. 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.