By Allan H. Ropper
"Tell the medical professional the place it hurts." It sounds uncomplicated adequate, until the matter impacts the very organ that produces understanding and generates speech. what's it prefer to attempt to heal the physique while the brain is less than assault? during this ebook, Dr. Allan Ropper and Brian Burrell take the reader behind the curtain at Harvard clinical School's neurology unit to teach how a professional diagnostician faces down extraordinary, life-altering afflictions. Like Alice in Wonderland, Dr. Ropper inhabits a global the place absurdities abound:
• A determine skater whose physique has turn into a ticking time-bomb
• a salesperson who drives round and round a site visitors rotary, not able to get off
• a faculty quarterback who cannot cease calling an identical play
• a toddler molester who, after falling at the ice, is left with a mind that's greatly lifeless inside of a physique that's greatly alive
• A mom of 2 younger women, clinically determined with ALS, who has to determine no matter if a existence locked within her personal head is worthy living
How does one start to deal with such situations, to counsel humans whose lives could be replaced eternally? How does one educate the following iteration of clinicians to accommodate the ethical and clinical facets of mind sickness? Dr. Ropper and his colleague solution those questions by way of taking the reader right into a rarified international the place lives and minds hold within the balance.
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