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Treating the Brain: What the Best Doctors Know 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1932594461
ISBN-10: 1932594469
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Here's a man in a white coat who gets right to the point, makes it clearly—and has a good story to tell along the way. Chairman emeritus of the neurology department at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, Bradley is the patient-friendly doc for the rest of us, providing an easy-to-read roadmap through the research, anatomy and science of the convoluted highway and byways of the brain. You have to go to see Dr. Bradley. He will figure out what is wrong with you! one family doctor urged his own hard-to-figure patients. It's not just bragging. Bradley coolly tackles diagnoses from migraines to movement disorders, brain injury to neuropathies, epilepsy to cancer. None of it is easy terrain. But Bradley navigates with such ease and wisdom—gleaned primarily from his own practice—that the information, even if occasionally frightening (chapters are devoted to head and spinal cord injuries, brain cancer and other diseases of the brain and nervous system), is never overwhelming. In good health, we need to respect and protect the brain if we expect it do everything that we ask of it. Luckily, there's this handy guide for the times when we need help. (Nov.)
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"Here''s a man in a white coat who gets right to the point, makes it clearly--and has a good story to tell along the way. Chairman emeritus of the neurology department at the University of Miami''s Miller School of Medicine, Bradley is the patient-friendly doc for the rest of us, providing an easy-to-read roadmap through the research, anatomy and science of the convoluted highway and byways of the brain. ''You have to go to see Dr. Bradley. He will figure out what is wrong with you!'' one family doctor urged his own hard-to-figure patients. It''s not just bragging. Bradley coolly tackles diagnoses from migraines to movement disorders, brain injury to neuropathies, epilepsy to cancer. None of it is terrain. But Bradley navigates with such ease and wisdom--gleaned primarily from his own practice--that the information, even if occasionally frightening (chapters are devoted to head and spinal cord injuries, brain cancer and other diseases of the brain and nervous system), is never overwhelming. ''In good health, we need to respect and protect the brain if we expect it to do everything we ask of it.'' Luckily, there''s this handy guide for the times when we need help."--Publishers Weekly
(Publishers Weekly)

“The human brain is the organ that allows us to perceive and act, to learn and remember, and to think and feel. Dr. Walter G. Bradley, one of the world''s leading neurologists, has written a wonderful book for people who are not neurologists, but want to learn about the brain. This book clearly describes how this complex organ works, what happens when it breaks down and how it might be repaired. Dr. Bradley''s book is an ideal user''s handbook."—Kenneth M. Heilman M.D., James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor Department of Neurology University of Florida
(Kenneth M. Heilman)

"''We are our brains,'' observed Hippocrates, over two millennia ago.  We all have one, and it behooves us to know as much about it as possible, since one in three of us will suffer from a brain disease. Professor Bradley, with the hard earned ease of decades of neurological practice, education and research, conveys vital knowledge in a manner that is both interesting and enlightening. A high achievement indeed."—Vladimir Hachinski, University of Western Ontario
 
(Vladimir Hachinski)

"This is an excellent and rather unique idea, [and] the personal, patient-based approach is appealing. One of the difficulties with this type of book is to know how detailed to be [and still] remain comprehensive to the inquisitive and intelligent reader....[Bradley] has found the middle road."--Andrew Eisen, MD, FRCPC, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia Neurology
(Andrew Eisen)

"There is a need for a book that discusses diseases of the brain in plain English. Walter Bradley''s book does just that. Dr. Bradley is talking to the reader, as he has to many patients, covering not only the medical, but also the everyday aspects of problems. A lifetime of caring and thoughtful advice comes through clearly."--Guy McKhann, MD, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University
(Guy McKhann)

"With so much of the brain still shrouded in mystery, this book gives a blow by blow account of how the brain works and the various injuries and diseases that can plague it. Treating the Brain is a wonderful handbook for all who wish to learn more and hope to help fathom our future potential to heal."--Lee Woodruff, coauthor of In an Instant and author of Perfectly Imperfect
(Lee Woodruff)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Dana Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932594469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932594461
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,493,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Treating the Brain is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the basics of brain function, pathology, and treatment. Dr. Bradley has written a primer that provides essential information and vocabulary to empower patients and their family members to communicate with health care providers. In plain language, he defines each disorder, describes the clinical features, and discusses diagnostic procedures and treatment. More importantly, he manages to convey the complexity of diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorder by presenting carefully chosen illustrative cases. For example, the chapter on Alzheimer's disease concisely portrays differences between normal aging and progressive dementia by contrasting two septuagenarians, each presenting with memory decline. Throughout the book, Dr. Bradley presents the patients' experience of neurological disorder with great sensitivity and provides thoughtful examples of compassionate care. Although written for a general audience, students and health professionals can also benefit from the clinical wisdom in this book.
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Granted the copy right is 2009. This is still recent enough to include the current research in the last few decades about both glia cells and about brain plasticity. The subtitle is what misled me to buy this book: "What the Best Doctors Know."

If you are interested in what the best doctors know the following two books are much more current: "The Other Brain. From Dementia to Schizophrenia, how New Discoveries About the Brain are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science" by R. Douglas Fileds, Ph.D.

Also, "Soft-Wired. How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life" by Dr. Michael Merzenich.
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This introduces readers to the complexities of dealing with nerve disorders. While the brain is the all-important organ that is central to the picture, this work really touches on how the body functions under normal and adverse condition; and what happens when things go wrong. This book also tells readers that there is much yet that we need to know how the human nervous system works. Particularly noteworthy are case studies and examples of how neurologists, scientists, and neurosurgeons approach the idea of treating various nerve system disorders.
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Treating the Brain: What the Best Doctors Know by Dr. Walter G. Bradley was a totally delightful book to read as I made my way on the bus from work to home.

I initially purchased this book as a hard cover from the Science Fiction Book Club then purchased the Kindle edition so I could both listen to music and read on Trinity, my iPhone 4.

First, let me talk about the book itself, then reluctantly discuss the Kindle edition.

This is a fantastic book. Dr. Bradley skillfully takes complex neurological subjects and distills them for both the knowledgeable and novice audience. He starts the book with basic brain anatomy and then segues into chapters on various neurological subjects such as Alzheimer's Disease, Strokes and Migraines.

As a dedicated reader of medical history and narratives, I really enjoyed the case studies and Dr. Bradley's personal insight into whatever disease he was discussing.

As with any book aimed at a more general public, the medical professional is not likely to gain much insight in the subject except when Dr. Bradley takes a more personal touch with the narrative. For me, this was a great mixture of the simple to complex and made neurology a very approachable subject.

This is a book that belongs on the shelf next to your collection of books authored by neurologists Dr. Oliver Saks and Dr. Harold Klawans.

Highly Recommended!

Now on to a subject which I find entirely distasteful and unfortunately, greatly diminished my enjoyment of this book: the Kindle formatting.

Whomever formatting the book for the Kindle should be shot stone cold dead.
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