The New York Times–bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself presents astounding advances in the treatment of brain injury and illness. Now a new afterword.
Winner of the 2015 Gold Nautilus Award in Science & Cosmology
In The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in 400 years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience - what we call neuroplasticity.
His revolutionary new book shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works. It describes natural, noninvasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us - light, sound, vibration, movement - which pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain's own healing capacities without producing unpleasant side effects. Doidge explores cases where patients alleviated years of chronic pain or recovered from debilitating strokes that had plateaued; children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders normalizing; symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and cerebral palsy radically improved; and other near-miracle recoveries. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia with simple approaches anyone can use.
For centuries it was believed that the brain's complexity prevented recovery from damage or illness. The Brain's Way of Healing shows that this very sophistication is the source of a unique kind of healing. As he did so lucidly in The Brain That Changes Itself, Doidge uses stories to present exciting, cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications and principles that everyone can apply to improve their brains' performance and health.
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I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
The master of neuroplasticity,
Norman Doidge, is the next Oliver Sacks. His first book, The Brain That Changes Itself, is a hallmark, one of the greatest neuroscience books I've read and recommend. That book is about the greatest researchers and their conquests. This book is about people, their problems (Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, autism, dyslexia, brain trauma...) and how they try to get better. Is a great book. I got a little skeptical about the the laser therapy, but the rest is very interesting. Worth the wait!
Like his previous book, "The Brain that Changes Itself", Norman Doidge MD, provides a state of the art up-date on his reporting of the more prominent practices and techniques for the application of Neuro-Plastic changes in the brain that are currently known. His direct, hands-on approach of meeting the scientists, engineers, doctors, and practitioners that are developing and using the tools and techniques, combined with the first person stories of those treated / trained is remarkable. In some ways he is a journalist or scientific report, who also as a certified MD, offers credible analysis of the diagnosis, treatment, and improvements seen it those in need. He offers great hope for recovery for conditions often considered intractable. TBI, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, ADHD, PSTD, Autism like symptoms, premature birth related issues and conditions, plus many more are presented in light of the latest research in cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, psychology. He has personally met and worked with most of the world leaders in these fields. Treatments with light, sound, music, body movement and body work, and many more techniques are presented.
High recommend the two texts as well as the auditory presentations.
I was hit head on by drunk driver. I was going 30 and he admitted to going 60, there were no skid marks, a 90 MPH hit. Along with multiple fractures, I was left with an awful traumatic brain injury. I had no idea what it was before the accident. This book has been extremely informative and encouraging. Like many of those in this book , I was basically told to live with it. I now know TBI can be treated.
Say something about yourself!
My mom suffers from chronic pain. The very first chapter in this book discusses a pain management MD who got injured himself--and found a way to heal that doesn't include more pills. Over and over, Doidge profiles people who are pioneering change in the fields of pain, traumatic brain injuries, and more. I found inspiration and hope here!
I loved reading about low-level laser light therapy for healing everything to torn rotator cuffs to traumatic brain injury. Such a simple solution, so much hope!!!!!
Newbern did a solid job narrating this book. Many non-fiction books, particularly on medical matters, get ruined by a narrator who either has too much inflection in his or her voice--or not enough. I found myself forgetting that I wasn't listening to Doidge. To forget that one is listening to a narration is a compliment. It means the narrator is not getting in the way of the text, and so, yes, Newbern, did a good job.
As mentioned above, it gave me hope that maybe my mom's 15-year battle with chronic pain might have a solution. Several chapters gave me new insight into how we might approach my mom's pain from here on out.
A very interesting follow-up to Doidge's previous book on brain plasticity.
Read so well and every aspect of the book explained so clearly, it was a pleasure to listen to and the 15 hours flew by!
I will be re-listening to the book again for sure to cement all the information, wonderful knowledge and research by these incredible minds.
Superior narrative of clinical advances and success. Never the concept of panacea. Voicing Dr. Merzenich's vision for a new Medicine practice.
This is an excellent book for anyone with a Neuro condition or who have a loved one with such a condition! New treatment modalities are available or perhaps just around the corner!
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