Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2008 - Science - 320 pages
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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.

 

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Brain injuries are too common, with as many as 5.3 million Americans-two percent of the population-living with a disability resulting from a head injury. Through 12 narratives of traumatic brain ... Read full review

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This book surpassed all expectations I had of it. The book is intriguing and although it is very sad at it does off some hope. It offers great insight into the healthcare system of the United States for patients with Traumatic brain injury through a story book style. I would recommend this book to anyone! 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
THE HERMIT OF HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
12
A PRISONER OF THE PRESENT
43
AN INSULT TO THE BRAIN
65
ROB RABE CANNOT CRY
73
PORTRAIT OF AN INJURY
97
THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS
110
THE RESURRECTION OF DOUG BEARDEN
119
IN ALL EARNESTNESS
205
THE HOSPITAL IN THE DESERT
224
WOOD OF THE SUICIDES
245
CONCLUSION
274
MY BREAKFAST WITH MARILYN
283
NOTES AND SOURCES
287
RESOURCES FOR THE CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF BRAIN INJURIES
297
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
299

ULTRAVIOLENT BRYAN
147
FUGUE OF THE PONY SOLDIER
176

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MICHAEL MASON (born 1971) is a brain injury case manager based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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