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Author Mason, Michael Paul, 1971-

Title Head cases : stories of brain injury and its aftermath / Michael Paul Mason.

Published New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  617.4810443 MASO    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 310 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [287]-298) and index.
Contents The Hermit of Hollywood Boulevard -- A Prisoner of the Present -- An Insult to the Brain -- Rob Rabe Cannot Cry -- Portrait of an Injury -- The Only Thing that Works -- The Resurrection of Doug Bearden -- Ultraviolent Bryan -- Fugue of the Pony Soldier -- In All Earnestness -- The Hospital in the Desert -- Wood of the Suicides -- App. My Breakfast with Marilyn -- Resources for the Care and Management of Brain Injuries.
Summary "Head Cases takes us into the dark side of the brain in an astonishing sequence of stories - true, strange, and moving - from the world of brain damage." "Michael Paul Mason is one of an elite group of experts who rush to the scenes of tragic accidents and coordinate care 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. We meet a snowboarder whose life became permanently surreal after an errant jump, an "ultraviolent" child who has lost the brain's instinctive check on the impulse to strike out at others, a young man who cannot cry, and several Iraq war veterans whose odd maladies suggest that brain injury will be the war's most conspicuous legacy." "Underlying each of their stories is an exploration of the brain and its mysteries. When injured, the brain must figure out how to heal itself, growing the new cells it needs 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 of the sense of self, life, and order that resides there. Head Cases echoes the work of both Oliver Sacks and Raymond Carver, and is at once illuminating and deeply affecting."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Brain -- Wounds and injuries -- United States -- Case studies.
Brain -- Wounds and injuries -- Patients -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Case studies.
ISBN 9780374134525 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0374134529 (hardcover : alk. paper)