Head Cases

Head Cases

Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath

Book - 2008
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Mason gives a series of vivid glimpses into brain science, the last frontier of medicine, and explores fragility of the brain and the sense of self, life, and order that resides there.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374134525
Branch Call Number: 617.481 Mason 04/2008
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,22 cm.

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Apr 25, 2016

I couldn't put the book down as this is my area of vocation for over ten years and I'm always interested in learning more. A gifted writer that describes each case accurately and respectfully. Shocking stats such as 1 in 5 of us have a tumor presently residing in our brains that may sit dormant. While often rewarding to assist a client in rehab with an ABI, it is also challenging, as Michael explains, a sudden unpredictable mood swing or outburst can occur with the comorbid psychiatric issues and lack of self awareness. Often a group home will resemble a dysfunctional family residing under one roof, where very different personalities clash and clients fight for the attention of staff, and the kitchen is usually the hotspot for turf wars. It was a surprising reminder about lack of resources available for victims of acquired or traumatic brain injuries in both the United States and Canada.

Mar 14, 2012

This is an incredibly well written book that any TBI survivor or family member of a TBI survivor should read. He describes the frustrations of getting help in our medical system from a first hand perspective (as a case worker representing TBIs). He writes as someone who truly understands TBIs with a compassion found in very few. I ran into this book randomly, not putting much stock in it, but ended up reading the whole thing in one day.


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