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Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its…

Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath

by Michael Paul Mason

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Mr. Mason captures a glimpse into the world of disability by way of head injury in his book. The cases are no more than a dozen, but the author manages to give the reader a look at the wide ranging ways in which people are injured and the unpredictability of the outcome. I came away feeling both impressed with what can be survived, and depressed at how few the resources are for significant recovery. And awestruck at the mystery of the brain. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Apr 10, 2015 |
Light on science, long on condemnation of almost every medical professional and system except his own hospital. Rife with grammatical problems and incorrect usage. Head trauma is a serious and underserved phenomenon, but if I've seen heroic and sustained efforts on behalf of people with TBIs, so has Mason. Instead, read [b:Where is the Mango Princess?|129867|Where is the Mango Princess?|Cathy Crimmins|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1171989736s/129867.jpg|1902351], which also indicts TBI health care, but with more specificity and better balance. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
Watch Bethanne Patrick interview Michael Paul Mason about his new book Head Cases on The Book Studio.
  thebookstudio | Apr 19, 2010 |
The book contains many interesting and sad cases of brain injury, told not by a doctor, but by a brain injury case manager and advocate. The writing is a bit meandering and the stories are very depressing, of course. The cases do show some of the weird workings of the human brain. ( )
  Scrabblenut | Feb 22, 2009 |
The subject matter in this book is very interesting, and it was also a very informative book in terms of the lack of good services for the brain injured and their families. However, I am sorry to say that I didn't think the writing was very impressive. It seemed to wander a bit, and waver between trying to be informative and trying to ba a good story. The balance just wasn't right in my opinion. ( )
  hemlokgang | Jan 20, 2009 |
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Head Cases takes us into the dark side of the brain in an astonishing sequence of stories, at once true and strange, from the world of brain damage. Michael Paul Mason is one of an elite group of experts who coordinate care in the complicated aftermath of tragic injuries 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.

Underlying each of these survivors’ stories is an exploration of 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. Mason gives us a series of vivid glimpses into brain science, the last frontier of medicine, and 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 Cases “[achieves] through sympathy and curiosity insight like that which pulses through genuine literature” (The New York Sun); it is at once illuminating and deeply affecting.

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Mason gives a series of vivid glimpses into brain science, the last frontier of medicine, and explores fragility of the brain and the sense of self, life, and order that resides there.

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