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The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders…

by Michael Gershon

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If you are planning to be a student of medicine or neuro-psychology, then you seriously might start with this book. Gershon shares his 30 years of research of the gut and its enteric nervous system in a detailed story account, which is technical but very readable to the interested student. It may not be on your official prerequisite reading list given to you by the college you are about to attend, but trust me and read it anyway because it deserves to be read for its revolutionary content. Until his research in this book revealed that the gut has nerve cells that act as a second brain, the gut went far too long unrecognized as capable of being an independent functioning organism, and its importance in both medical health as well as psychological health had taken a back seat to the head brain.

I have used his remarkable work as a primary reference in my own book to further validate psychological findings in my own clinical studies on the intelligence of the gut instincts and a new gut psychology. Without his work, my thesis would have lacked the neurologicaI and biological validation it needed to come forth as a viable new theory in modern psychological thought. I highly recommend Dr. Michael Gershon's groundbreaking book. ( )
  MarthaCLove | Oct 20, 2013 |
Absolutely amazing information on the role of the gut in one's health. Fascinating! ( )
  rmyoung | Nov 11, 2009 |
Tracks research in the area of the enteric nerve system in the gut. Heavy reading, but fascinating. Gershon has an odd sense of humor, but it helps when wading through the scientific jargon. Four stars for content, not readability! ( )
  libq | Jul 15, 2007 |
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Dr. Michael Gershon has devoted his career to understanding the human bowel (the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, and colon). His thirty 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."

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