The Dana Guide to Brain Health

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 24, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 733 pages
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Today, we know beyond any doubt that the brain plays a crucial role in our everyday health, and, indeed, makes us who we are. But the Internet, television, and newspapers abound in contradictory information about it, and, as a result, the insights we wish for and the medical choices we need to make are rarely as clear as they need to be -- especially when a family member's well-being is at stake. For decades The Dana Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded in 1950 dedicated to science, health, and education, has focused its medical initiatives on brain research. The culmination of that relentless commitment is now all here in this complete health guide to the brain. The editors -- Floyd E. Bloom, M.D.; M. Flint Beal, M.D.; and David J. Kupfer, M.D. -- are three of the world's leading medical experts in neuroscience, neurology, and psychiatry. Together with more than one hundred of America's most distinguished scientists and medical professionals, they have created an essential, easy-to-understand, and practical reference guide to the brain and how it works.

"The Dana Guide to Brain Health" is a resource that today's health consumer can trust, or what Foundation chairman William Safire calls "a kind of basic 'bible' of the brain."

The first truly accessible all-in-one source of its kind, this illustrated home reference features the latest facts and medical discoveries, combined with clear, up-to-date information on seventy-two psychiatric and neurological disorders, their diagnoses, and their treatments.

Filled with informative diagrams, tables, sidebars, graphs, charts, photographs, and drawings, along with a section listing every major consumer advocacy/informationorganization, related to brain disorders, "The Dana Guide to Brain Health" sets a new standard. In its pages readers will discover:

- The crucial steps for taking care of our brains

- The intimate connection between brain health and body health

- How the brain develops from the prenatal period and childhood through adolescence and adulthood

- How the brain regulates breathing and blood flow

- How we learn, remember, and imagine

"The Dana Guide to Brain Health" is simply the most authoritative, comprehensive, and clearly written guide to the bodily organ that is the key to our everyday health. No home should be without it.

 

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Contents

How to Think About the Brain
3
Learning the Secrets of the Brain
14
Protecting Your Mental Capital
31
The BrainBody Loop
41
Prenatal Development
61
Brain Development in Childhood
83
The Adolescent Brain
102
The Brain in Adult Life and Normal Aging
116
Emotional and Control Disorders
362
Infectious and Autoimmune Disorders
434
Disorders of Movement and Muscles
476
Pain
539
Nervous System Injuries
569
Disorders of Thinking and Remembering
624
Glossary
655
Drugs Used to Treat the Brain and Nervous System
661

The Body Manager
135
Emotions and Social Function
179
Learning Thinking and Remembering
200
Conditions of the Brain and Nervous System
245
Disorders of the Senses and Body Function
306
Suggested Reading
669
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
687
The European Dana Alliance for the Brain
695
About the Editors
701
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Flint Beal is Anne Parrish Titzell Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Director of Neurology at the New York Presbyterian Cornell Campus. An internationally recognized authority on neurodegenerative disorders, his research has focused on the mechanism of neuronal degeneration in Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Kupfer is the Thomas Detre Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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