Head Cases Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath

ISBN-10: 0374531951

ISBN-13: 9780374531959

Edition: 2009

Authors: Michael Paul Mason, Michael Mason

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Head Casestakes us into the dark side of the brain in an astonishing sequence of stories, at once true and strange, from the world of brain injury.Michael Paul Mason is one of an elite group of experts who appear in the wake 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 an Iraq war veteran whose odd maladies suggest that brain injury will be the war's most conspicuous legacy.Underlying each of their stories is an exploration into the brain and its mysteries. When injured, the brain must figure out how to heal itself, reorganizing its physiology in order to do the job, and Mason gives us a series of vivid glimpses into brain science, the last frontier of medicine. We come away in awe of the miracles of the brain's workings and astonished at the fragility of the brain and the sense of self, life, and order that resides there.Head Casesechoes both Oliver Sacks and Raymond Carver, and is at once illuminating and deeply affecting.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Michael Paul Mason, born in 1971, is a brain injury case manager based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Introduction
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
Conclusion
Appendix: My Breakfast with Marilyn
Notes and Sources
Resources for the Care and Management of Brain Injuries
Acknowledgments
Index
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