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The Brain's Way of Healing

Stories of Remarkable Recoveries and Discoveries
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
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This book is about the discovery that the human brain has its own unique way of healing.

For centuries we believed that the price we paid for our brain's complexity was that, compared to other organs, it was fixed and unregenerative - unable to recover from damage or illness. In his revolutionary new book, Norman Doidge turns this belief on its head.

The phenomenon of neuroplasticity - the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience - is the most important change in our understanding of the brain and mind since the beginning of modern science.

Here,Doidge shows how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works. When it is understood, it is often possible to radically improve - and even cure - many conditions thought to be irreversible.

Doidge introduces us to the doctors, therapists, and patients who are healing the brain without surgery or medication. We meet patients who have alleviated years of chronic pain; children on the autistic spectrum or with ADD or learning disorders, who have used neuroplastic techniques to complete normal education and become independent; sufferers who have seen symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, brain injuries and cerebral palsy radically diminish; and we learn how to lower our risk of dementia by 60 percent.

Through hopeful, astonishing stories, The Brain's Way of Healing explains how mind, brain, and body and the energies around us work together in health and healing.

©2015 Copyright © Norman Doidge 2015 (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Very important book.

It took me a while to get through it, but very worthwhile. Some of the new modalities for remodeling or reinvigorating the brain function and brain body connection have been around for a long time. Thanks to this book they will become more available for the people who need them the most and hopefully will become more widespread that the medicate or institutionalize model.

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  • GVLoves
  • 07-20-15

A lovely continuation for TBTCI

Where does The Brain's Way of Healing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably up there with the most facinating. It's probably very good to read as a stand alone book and having read 'the brain that changes itself' it makes for reaffirming what I thought I understood regarding the brain's way of changing. It's also a rather optimistic book that let me feel like I am more in control of my body than I realise.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are a few case studies with touching endings so yes there were some tears.

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  • Botond Bertalan
  • 06-18-16

really detailed

not as exciting as the first book because it is too detailed. I think it can be really important for some, so I think it is reasonable. I think it is the book that everybody should listen regardless having or not any illness. It can give you a gide how to live your life efficiently. I have to mention that is not the purpose of this book, but I learned so much I had to note this in my review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-18-16

Amazingly insightful as to how healing can occur

Every medical person or therapist should know this information so they can use it as an aid or starting point for helping children or adults with brain injury's or learning problems

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-18

Excellent

As a survivor of recent brain surgery currently in neuro rehab this has been both informative and an inspiration. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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  • L. Holland
  • 11-16-17

Excellent book for audible

This is a long fascinating book and very suited for an audio book as there are long descriptions, and it’s sometimes a little slow moving. If I were reading it myself I would jump over these parts instead of listening to everything. I get a much better understanding by listening as I drive around the city doing my commute and daily chores.

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  • kath smith-mace
  • 12-15-16

brilliant

This book was brilliant from start to finish.. Can't wait to hear it again!!!

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  • Pip
  • 03-21-16

Clearly explained for the non medical

As an educator I have been enthralled to hear about the breakthroughs being discovered and how they can be applied to improve lives. I

This book and its predecessor explain in easily understandable ways the science as we currently understand it. I look forward to these approaches becoming more mainstream.

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  • Karen Sullivan
  • 10-01-15

Brilliant

An exciting insight into the future of healing. Amazing how everything old is new again. The human race appears to have an interesting way of having so many answers and closing their eyes to them. Thank you for sharing this knowledge.

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  • Lisa
  • 07-31-15

WOW

This is a fascinating and inspirational read. I learned so much and want learn more.

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  • John
  • 05-29-18

Outstanding!

As a fan of Norman Doidge and his work, this book took the concepts introduced in the brain that changes itself to a whole new level. Simply remarkable.

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  • Ryan
  • 06-18-17

Awesome

I've listened to it twice and I'm about to listen again. Just incredible information! Really well written and presented as well.

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  • Rachel
  • 01-08-17

Transformative

I bought this book initially as a hard copy - but I was too sore to sit still and read it. Listening to it has been fantastic. I've listened walking, riding cooking. It's given me hope for the future in managing chronic pain and kids neurological conditions. Fantastic.

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  • Rohan
  • 04-27-16

great book

awesome book 4 star, only reason im giving 4 star is because Normans first book to this 'the brain that changes itself' is even better - which i would give a 5 star! :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

informative and inspiring

one of those books where once you get into it, it becomes impossible to put down (or stop listening). It just continues to amaze and educate.

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  • Michael H
  • 05-19-19

Hope for the hopeless

Too often people with a form of brain injury are told there is nothing that can be done. This book shows remarkable stories of how people were able to heal with the right help. I liked this more than his first book, which was excellent.

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  • Ness
  • 05-15-19

challenge your preconceptions.

I loved it. Expands your medical horizons and offers a new hope and new approach. Shows how Eastern and Western medicine can inform each other

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  • Roderic
  • 02-20-19

An excellent combination of story and sience

This book provides a stimulating introduction into innovative research about neuroplasticity and actual approaches being taken to address brain problems. However, because the book contains many references and insights I may get the printed version. The Norman Doidge website has some materials but if one wants to investigate further, a physical copy of the book would be useful.