"Tell the doctor where it hurts." It sounds simple enough, unless the problem affects the very organ that produces awareness and generates speech. What is it like to try to heal the body when the mind is under attack? Like Alice in Wonderland, Dr. Allan H. Ropper inhabits a world where absurdities abound:
A figure skater whose body has become a ticking time-bomb
A salesman who drives around and around a traffic rotary, unable to get off
A college quarterback who can't stop calling the same play
A mother of two young girls, diagnosed with ALS, who has to decide whether a life locked inside her own head is worth living
How does one begin to treat such cases, to counsel people whose lives may be changed forever? How does one train the next generation of clinicians to deal with the moral and medical aspects of brain disease? Dr. Ropper and his colleague answer these questions by taking the listener into a rarified world where lives and minds hang in the balance.
"The author explores a wide variety of conditions, including the exterior degeneration of ALS and the often befuddling symptoms of advanced brain trauma, but he rarely falls into jargon and always keeps the narrative lively and engaging." (Kirkus)
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What An Absolute Surprise!
- Gillian "SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!"
Very well written
It was fascinating, entertaining, and just the right length for me.
The patient stories and diagnostic techniques explained
I liked the two voices, of different sexes. One played patient, the other doctor. Made it very easy to follow the stories.
I DID listen to it in one driving. Could not stop myself.
Actually briefly considered a vocation change. The stories are absolutely fascinating. Be warned though, the suffering of the patients is also brought out rather well. I actually teared up when her voice came back after the morphine was removed.
- John Public