Thursday, November 5, 2015
Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease
author: Allan Ropper
average rating: 3.95
book published: 2014
read at: 2015/11/05
date added: 2015/11/05
'Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease' by Dr. Allan H. Ropper and Brian David Burrell takes the readers on a strange journey through the mysteries of brain disease at Harvard Medical School. It's a wild ride.
The book is told in a series of cases that illustrate the career of this neurologist and some of the unusual cases he's run across in that time. We meet a college quarterback who keep calling the same play, and a figure skater whose body is experiencing multiple strokes, possibly as a result of chiropractic treatments. We meet an aphasic man named Gordon who has a confused brain. We meet a man pronounced dead whose brain is still possibly alive.
It's a fascinating and somewhat terrifying look at the human brain. Fascinating because brilliant doctors don't give up on strange behaviors. Terrifying because we all fear being trapped in our own bodies, unable to tell others what is wrong or if we are feeling pain. The book takes on the medical as well as the moral issues with treatment of brain diseases and it does it in a very approachable way. I enjoyed this book.
I received a review copy of this ebook from St. Martin's Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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