Over My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Mar 1, 2000 - Humor - 239 pages
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Locked inside a brain-injured head looking out at a challenging world is the premise of this extraordinary autobiography. Over My Head is an inspiring story of how one woman comes to terms with the loss of her identity and the courageous steps (and hilarious missteps) she takes while learning to rebuild her life. The author, a 45-year-old doctor and clinical professor of medicine, describes the aftermath of a brain injury eleven years ago which stripped her of her beloved profession. For years she was deprived of her intellectual companionship and the ability to handle the simplest undertakings like shopping for groceries or sorting the mail. Her progression from confusion, dysfunction, and alienation to a full, happy life is told with restraint, great style, and considerable humor.


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Review: Over My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out

User Review  - Ellen - Goodreads

Really great story of a woman's experience with tbi. From a clinical perspective, it was really helpful to hear exactly what "goes on" in her brain that makes it difficult to perform her activities of ... Read full review

Review: Over My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out

User Review  - Charlotta Norby - Goodreads

I LOVED this book. It's the first book I've read where I felt like the author knew exactly how I felt about losing my ability to practice law. I would love to meet this woman, I feel like we'd have so ... Read full review


Authors Note
March†8 1989 New York
Friday July 8 1988 DETROIT
Monday July 11 1988
Twist of Lemon
Monday Night
Not Adding Up the Score
The Collapse of My Dreams
Waking Up Is Hard to Do
Recycled Brains
What I Did on My Summer Vacation
Im Out of Sorts Please Send Sorts
Getting Better
Turning Leaves
Not as I Wish but as I Am

Who Is This in Here with Me?
What If I Need Them and They Wont Take Me?
March†8 1989 New York Id Rather Have a Root Canal
Mopping Up a Flood
There Goes the Neighborhood
Dropkick Me Joanie
In the Same Boat
Dont Charge the Battery Fix the Generator
Halfway Home
Moving On
Occupational Trials
Living in the Real World
March 20 1997GROSS POINTE
Special Thanks
A Head Injury Primer
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About the author (2000)

Until her injury in July 1988, Claudia L. Osborn taught and practiced internal medicine in a busy inner-city Detroit hospital. A graduate of Vassar College and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, she is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at MSU, and makes her home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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