It's worth a listen if you are interested in the role of glia in the brain, but it takes some stomach to get past the overly florid prose. Fields also takes too many overly LONG diversions into historical events such as the search for the cause of kuru and past treatment of mental health disorders. Unfortunately these diversions just seem like filler, and detract from the meat of the information presented.
The light shed on brain fuction and how that relates to disease.
Doug Fields as the author conveyed his passion for the subject. Go back and listen to the introduction again after you have finised the book.
The pioneers in analyzing the brain made amazing progress with crude tools.
Even though the book swerves in and out of sounding like a medical text, it is still understandable by the layman.
Wow, even though I am in the medical field I found this book a tough one. The level at which things are explained are more suited to someone doing an advanced degree in neuropsycology. There should have been some sort of warning...do not attempt this at home....very heavy, very detailed, very in-depth coverage of the brain. This book is not meant for us with "regular" brains, only those who are "brainiacs" should attempt to understand this one. All it really did was confirm that I do not posses enough white matter...or grey....and probably am deficient of some synapses too. Oh well...
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Fields knows how to tell scientific stories as human interest stories, with drama and interest like very few others. He knows what is significant, shares that significance from a scientific point of view in personally engaging ways. If you like neuroscience, this book is for you. Rather than thinking of the "other" brain, I now think of both brains, neuronal and glial as one brain, just like the left and right hemisphere are one brain. A success of both science and story-telling.
I absolutely loved this audiobook. If you are looking for a no-nonsense investigation into the roles of glial cells, this is it. Find out what is on the forefront of understanding the other 85-90% of human brain composition.
This is new information about the brain. It is real research but with a new perspective.
The whole book is good.
The magic of the glial cells.
I have returned and started listening again.
This work can help to educate both the medical professional and the lay person. So much has happened in neuroscience since I finished my training in '96; this was a very pleasant way to bring me up to speed on the basics of what I need to know about glial research. And for those who are afflicted with or who care about someone with brain disease, it can serve as a very understandable/intelligible peek behind the curtain of medicine, and as a ray of hope for the future.
I LOVED this book. I cannot believe the leaps and bounds made in neuroscience in the last 10 years. This book, in some ways, reminded me of another great listen from Audible "The Emperor of All Maladies: The Biography of Cancer." We have come so far in our understanding of the brain, but I know we are just barely scratching the surface. As in the other book I mentioned, it makes me feel hopeful in many ways, and hopeless in others. It seems like everything comes down to those signaling pathways at the cellular level doesn't it?
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the brain and how it works. Though this book answers many questions, it raises so many too. It makes pretty clear though why only the best and brightest study neuroscience.
I enjoyed this book for the most part, once I got past the beginning. I am very interested in dementia as I had a grandfather that suffered from alzheimers. I have read articles and books on the brain, alzheimers and autism. I find it facination and informative.
This book had some good information. However, the beginning is so long and boring, full of explinations of anatomy. I understand that some set up is neccessary. Fine, I'll wade through what ever setup is applicable to the subject at hand. However, i don't want to sit through hours of not only anatomy lessons and cell types, but a history lesson of not only who discovered the cells/processes, where they discovered them and how, but also THEIR history, such as who made a mad dash for the north pole and who went on to invent mining machinery. Seriously? How is any of that relevent AT ALL? Why do I need to know that so-and-so who discovered x-y-z cells or invented such-and-such cell staining methods was also an althetic dare devil who journeyed to the north pole in a boat drozen in an ice sheet, had to eat his dogs to survive and lived with eskimos? I don't. It drove me crazy and made me dislike the begining of this book. It was bad, and went on and on and on. This whole mess is in terrible need of an editor. I kept asking myself how this extrainious information made it into the book, and the only explination I could come up with, was that is was fluff to fill up space in a book that would have been much shorter.
The narrator did a good job though. Even through the boring, extrainious information, he had a good tone of voice, conveying interest and emotion.
The real subject of the title, disorders and illnesses and such, didn't start until 1.5 hours into it. If you already know the anatomy of cells, the brain, the nervous system and the methods of study/staining, you could probably skip to the 1.5 hours mark and not miss anything.