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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User Review  - Rena Sherwood - Goodreads

One of my favorite painters is George Stubbs (hang on -- there's a point coming.) He did a series of paintings of a lion attacking a beautiful horse. These paintings of horse dying in a really EWWWW ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anna Engel - Goodreads

[3.5 stars] "Head Cases" was much less clinical than I expected. The book is a collection of anecdotes/case histories that help to humanize traumatic brain injuries for the reader. They're very well ... Read full review

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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About the author (2008)

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

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