Head Cases

Head Cases

Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath

Book - 2008
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"Head Cases "takes us into the dark side of the brain in an astonishing sequence of stories, at once true and strange, from the world of brain damage. Michael Paul Mason is one of an elite group of experts who coordinate care in the complicated aftermath of tragic injuries that can last a lifetime. On the road with Mason, we encounter survivors of brain injuries as they struggle to map and make sense of the new worlds they inhabit.

Underlying each of these survivors' stories is an exploration of the brain and its mysteries. When injured, the brain must figure out how to heal itself, reorganizing its physiology in order to do the job. Mason gives us a series of vivid glimpses into brain science, the last frontier of medicine, and we come away in awe of the miracles of the brain's workings and astonished at the fragility of the brain and the sense of self, life, and order that resides there. "Head Cases "" achieves] through sympathy and curiosity insight like that which pulses through genuine literature" ("The New York Sun"); it is at once illuminating and deeply affecting.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374134525
0374134529
Branch Call Number: 617.4810443 MAS
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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wiredonjava
Apr 25, 2016

I couldn't put the book down as this is my area of vocation for over ten years and I'm always interested in learning more. A gifted writer that describes each case accurately and respectfully. Shocking stats such as 1 in 5 of us have a tumor presently residing in our brains that may sit dormant. While often rewarding to assist a client in rehab with an ABI, it is also challenging, as Michael explains, a sudden unpredictable mood swing or outburst can occur with the comorbid psychiatric issues and lack of self awareness. Often a group home will resemble a dysfunctional family residing under one roof, where very different personalities clash and clients fight for the attention of staff, and the kitchen is usually the hotspot for turf wars. It was a surprising reminder about lack of resources available for victims of acquired or traumatic brain injuries in both the United States and Canada.

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slottino
Mar 14, 2012

This is an incredibly well written book that any TBI survivor or family member of a TBI survivor should read. He describes the frustrations of getting help in our medical system from a first hand perspective (as a case worker representing TBIs). He writes as someone who truly understands TBIs with a compassion found in very few. I ran into this book randomly, not putting much stock in it, but ended up reading the whole thing in one day.

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