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The Second Brain

A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
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Dr. Gershon’s groundbreaking book fills the gap between what you need to know - and what your doctor has time to tell you.

Dr. Michael Gershon has devoted his career to understanding the human bowel (the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, and colon). His 30 years of research have led to an extraordinary rediscovery: Nerve cells in the gut that act as a brain. This "second brain" can control our gut all by itself. Our two brains - the one in our head and the one in our bowel - must cooperate. If they do not, then there is chaos in the gut and misery in the head - everything from "butterflies" to cramps, from diarrhea to constipation. Dr. Gershon's work has led to radical new understandings about a wide range of gastrointestinal problems including gastroenteritis, nervous stomach, and irritable bowel syndrome. The Second Brain represents a quantum leap in medical knowledge and is already benefiting patients whose symptoms were previously dismissed as neurotic or "it's all in your head". 

©1998, 2019 Michael Gershon (P)2019 HarperAudio

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“Persuasive, impassioned...hopeful news [for those] suffering from functional bowel disease.” (New York Times Book Review)

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First Khan Academy Human Biology

Great book! I have a BS in Computer Science. I am of average intelligence. But very interested in science. The content is easy to understand after going through Khan Academy (free oneline) science human biology neurons. Then search other items as needed; like serotonin. The Second Brain content is so amazing. This book provides a launching pad for a hundred different studies. So, if there is something you want to explore, jot it down on first listen. What an adventure!

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  • Uzi
  • Broward County, Fl
  • 08-13-19

Very long but The second half wasnt needed for me

Definitely a great insight into the inner workings of our bodies and how it effects our minds.

The second half of the book is for an audience much more well advanced in the field of study. Unfortunately, I am not and did not understand most of the information being presented so I felt that the book began to drag.

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This really is science

The author shares his expertise in a pretty cogent way. If you've had any early college level anatomy, this book should be accessible and entertaining. I greatly appreciate the emphasis on experimental reasoning in his approach. That is how science education should be.

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Better read than listened to.

This is a wonderful book but is better read than listened to. There are way too many technical terms for a common person like me to look up. I will definitely get a kindle or a hard copy on this because I find it worthy to go through, only in another way.