Injured Brains of Medical Minds: Views from Within

Hardcover | November 1, 1996

EditorNarinder Kapur

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This book provides a unique perspective on what it is like to be brain-damaged, seen through the eyes of doctors or neurosurgeons who have themselves suffered a brain injury or brain illness. Each of the personal accounts, written over the past 120 years, is accompanied by a commentarywritten by the author which critically examines the experiences of the sufferer, relating them to current issues in clinical neurology and cognitive neuroscience. The author also provides an introduction to each contribution, and in a final overview chapter he combines the lessons learned from allthe articles. Accounts from over 40 individuals cover a wide range of conditions including: memory disorders, lanaguage disorders, visual disorders, Parkinson's disease, stroke, brain tumour, head injury, and epilepsy.

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This book provides a unique perspective on what it is like to be brain-damaged, seen through the eyes of doctors or neurosurgeons who have themselves suffered a brain injury or brain illness. Each of the personal accounts, written over the past 120 years, is accompanied by a commentarywritten by the author which critically examines th...

Narinder Kapur is at Southampton General Hospital.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:442 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 1.18 inPublished:November 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Memory disordersM. Meltzer: Poor memory: a case reportH.L. Klawans: Did I remove that gallbladder?M.J. Morgan: Looking after a patient with Alzheimer's diseaseDr. X.: Busman's holiday: Clinical interviewChapter 2 - Language disordersF.W. Andrewes: On being bereft of speechR.H. Rose: A physician's account of his aphasiaW. Riese: Auto-observation of aphasiaC.S. Moss: Notes from an aphasiac psychologist, or different strokes for different folksC.S. Moss: The accident and the ensuing six monthsC.S. Moss: Recovery at twelve monthsC.S. Moss: Two years laterM.H. Ashcraft: A personal case history of transcient anomiaChapter 3 - Visual disordersPatterns of cerebral integration indicated by the scotomas of migraineK. Mize: Visual hallucinations following viral encephalitis: a self reportRecovery from occipital stroke: a self-report and an inquiry into visual processesD.B. Boles: Visual field effects of classical migraineChapter 4 - Parkinson's diseaseAnonymous: ParkinsonismC. Todes: Inside Parkinsonism ... A psychiatrist's personal experienceC. Todes: SomatopsychicJ. Doe: Alleviation of severe emotional symptoms by Carbidopa - Levodopa, MSD, in a Parkinson's patient: A personal reportD.B. Hackell: Parkinson;s DiseaseL.B. Guss: Parkinson's DiseaseA.W.S. Thompson: On being a ParkinsonianJ. Williams: Parkinson's Disease: Doctors as PatientsChapter 5 - Brain tumourAnonymous: Cerebral TumourAnonymous: Pituitary CystL. Arthur: An astrocytomaJ.A. McCool: In memory of a brain tumourJ.A. McCool: Brain tumourC. Mainwaring: Life without a cerebellumC. Mainwaring: Life without a cerebellum: updateChapter 6 - StrokeM. Buck: The language disordersA. Brodal: Self-observations and neuro-anatomical considerations after a strokeD. Kyle: Personal ViewT.H. Howell: How my teaching about the management of stroke would change after my ownD. Goldberg: My experience had a famous nameP. Smithells: Personal account by a sufferer from a strokeP. Medawar: Memoir of a thinking radishF. Coulbrough: On the receiving endChapter 7 - Head injuryW.L. LaBaw: Thirty-three months of recovery from trauma: a subjective reportL.R. Freeman: Cerebral concussionL.F. Marshall and R.M. Ruff: Neurosurgeon as victimF.R. Linge: What does it feel like to be brain damaged?F.R. Linge: Faith, hope, and love: non-traditional therapy in recovery from serious head injury, a personal accountA.E. Ostrum: Brain injury: a personal viewA.E. Ostrum: The locked-in syndrome - comments from a survivorChapter 8 - EpilepsyOn a particular variety of epilepsy ("intellectual aura"), one case with symptoms of organic brain diseaseQuaerens: A prognostic and therapeutic indication in epilepsyJ. Hughlings-Jackson: Case of epilepsy with tasting movements and "dreamy state" - very small patch of softening in the left uncinate gyrusJ.P. Darling: The story of my epilepsy: The fortunate fate of a stubborn foolAnonymous (1952): EpilepsyAnonymous (1977): EpilepsyC. Morris: My life with epilepsyJ. Lisyak: Epilepsy in my lifeK.R. Kaufman: Life with epilepsy: 1960-1992K.R. Kaufman: To not be afraid

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`the work is beautifully presented, and the occasional illustrations pertinent throughout. ... What is impressive is the personal narrative, and the great courage shown by these authors.'British Medical Journal, vol.315, August 1997