Audiobooks Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its AftermathAuthor Michael Paul Mason –

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 InhabitUnderlying 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 Casesachieves Through Sympathy And Curiosity Insight Like That Which Pulses Through Genuine Literature The New York Sun It Is At Once Illuminating And Deeply Affecting

10 thoughts on “Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath

  1. says:

    I m sure I ve read this But it isn t in my bookshelves Maybe it disappeared or maybe I never added it Maybe I m a head case I once had concussion, but that was when I was a kid I did do rather a lot of psychedelics in my sex n drugs n rock n roll phase Maybe that s what did it.

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    After reading Mason s Head Cases Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath which distinctly offers a variant perspective on neurology from that of a brain injury case manager as I had become accustomed to the view from a neurosurgeon Snowboarder case was gripping as is our commendable Air Force surgeons treating 10,000 traumatic head injuries during the war on terror Mason quips What are we other than our brains When a seizure involves only muscular stiffening, it s called a tonic seizurewhen the tonic seizure is followed by muscle contractions, it becomes the most renowned and feared seizure the grand Mal tonic clonic seizure Michael Paul Mason Mason s job as caseworker is one rife with frustration At Balad hospital what he calls a normal day is actually a retinue of facial contortions coupled with seizures, and at times patients running with knives One patient case speaks to a total loss of memory on how they arrived at the hospital in the first place Another patient lost both short and long term memory freight train collision Many sad truths illuminated in these cases Patients of Mason include an amnesiac incarcerated for a crime he has no recollection of Though this is only the d but, tragedies commence when health insurance policy is exhausted Riveting read of this painful landscape into the life of patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries told energetically by advocate Mason Not an elementary read nor is brain injury a simple issue to solve Must read Buy, consider and reflect.

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    Each chapter in Head Cases is a vignette of a particular traumatic brain injury the person before, the accident, the effects on the brain, the losses changes, and the person s struggle to overcome deal with those changes The gist of the stories is that these are real people with real families and real struggles.Several of the stories are not for the weak of heart and some are not for the weak of stomach The hells in which some of the patients live made me doubt whether I could make it into Chapter 3 they made me thankful for the fragile life I have There are also some brief descriptions of actual injuries, skull removal, etc., which might bother some people If you ve ever been to a neuro ICU, don t worry, you re well prepared, but you may have flashbacks.I loved the writing style it was so easy and enjoyable to read, you fly right through it, but despite the ease with which the writer writes, it packs a punch of information and compelling story I plan to look up writing by this author, I believe he writes for Discover magazine, and I would certainly read another book.Having had two traumatic brain injuries in my family, both with life altering and far reaching consequences, the book was informative and humane As the author points out, brain injuries are a huge and varied lot no one book could cover them all That being said, I felt as if my family s TBIs were comparatively mundane, and I was waiting to identify with one, but it did not come What about the brain injuries where the patient goes home, thank goodness has adequate health care patients in the book do not , but things are just not quite the same Those that are not quite as hellish as those in the book, but don t tell that to the spouses, families, friends, or survivors themselves but also traumatic Like I previously wrote, no one book could cover it all, and the book probably wouldn t be as popular if the author wrote about ordinary TBIs The book future editions could also use a few basic brain diagrams in an appendix to help the identify brain parts and their functions.Unlike other reviewers, although I craved updates on the patients, I did not expect them Maybe this is due to my family experience with TBIs things probably have not changed that much The manner in which the author ended each chapter made the readers feel as if the struggle story is ongoing, and this made some reviewers uncomfortable, but I identified with it.

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    So after a year and a half we finally finished this book I m so glad not to have it listed under my currenly reading section any.We read a this a few chapters at a time as part of the journal club we have at my work for our certified brain injury specialist program This book is a collection of case histories of various people who have suffered brain injuries written by a brain injury case manager whatever the hell that is The book presents some interesting though harrowing stories of brain injury and the toll it takes on everyone involved, not just the person with the injury I ve worked with people with brain injuries for almost 10 years so I ve heard a lot of horror stories but this book was still a bit much even for me I think the hardest thing about this book was that basically every story was about someone who suffered a horrific brain injury who then received horribly inadequate care because of insufficient funds, insurance, or service availability Maybe these are the only cases the author is called about and maybe his message was the need for better brain injury services but it was still hard to take Whenever someone hears where I work I always get that must be so hard and I always say that it can be, but that with brain injury there is always hope You see progress and changee even years later Granted the changes might be small but they re there and they come to mean a lot to everyone involved Mason didn t focus enough on hope and as a result, the book ended up being pretty depressing.

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    This could have been a much better book The author can write well and he had a plethora of cases to pick from However, Mason couldn t decide if the book should be a compilation of case studies which is what the title implies or a memoir of his job as brain injury case manager So he tries to do both and the results are very incomplete In case after case, Mason gives a lot of details about a brain injury victim but then, suddenly, ends that chapter The reader does not find out how the person s case was resolved, the help he or she received or not , nor how the family and patient adjusted to the changes in life brought about by the injury Further, Mason s vignettes about himself added very little to each chapter It was tolerable in the chapter about a man who survived a suicide for Mason to talk about his friend s suicide since they happened at roughly the same time However, Mason s visit to a Buddhist monastery did not seem to help him process his friend s death and took away from the case history of the brain injured suicide survivor Mason also wrote about going to a Native American sweat log, but other than listing what happened, he did not seem to learn much from the experience There are probably books about traumatic brain injuries that are a lot better than this one.

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    I couldn t put the book down as this is my area of vocation for over ten years and I m always interested in learning A gifted writer that describes each case accurately and respectfully Shocking stats such as 1 in 5 of us have a tumor presently residing in our brains that may sit dormant While often rewarding to assist a client in rehab with an ABI, it is also challenging, as Michael explains, a sudden unpredictable mood swing or outburst can occur with the comorbid psychiatric issues and lack of self awareness Often a group home will resemble a dysfunctional family residing under one roof, where very different personalities clash and clients fight for the attention of staff, and the kitchen is usually the hotspot for turf wars.

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    Fascinating and devastating I learned a lot about TBI and enjoyed the detailed, almost fiction like writing style.I ended up giving it four stars mainly for one issue that really hit me hard, which is that in his chapter on suicide, the author repeatedly uses the word suicide to refer to a person who attempted suicide As in, The suicide was found in his room It s extremely dehumanizing and really contrasted with the rest of the book, which is written in a way that respects and emphasizes the survivors humanity I m sure the author doesn t think of his word choice as stigmatizing and dehumanizing, but it was awful to read as a survivor of depression and a mental health professional.

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    12 cases of people who have had brain injuries I thought this book was really well done and I learned a lot about what can happen, and how your head can change afterward.I loved the compassionate nature that the author showed toward his subjects I think I will write a column review of this one.Thanks Michael I m not sure what my favourite chapter was, but I loved the way you talked about John.

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    What makes you get up in the morning Sustain your job Helps you breathe Makes sure your heart beats every day It s frightening to think how much the brain is responsible for essentially everything in your body , yet its only protection is a few thin layers of membrane, fluid, and bone A simple tap on the head in the wrong place can create damage that will change your life forever Mason, a brain injury case manager, tells the stories of several of his clients how it happened, how they and their friends family were affected, and how isolated they become in what we think is an advanced medical society What scared me the most after reading this was how much we DON T know about how the brain works Mason states there are very few facilities that specialize in treating traumatic brain injury and of course, the few that do are usually working at capacity But the most important part of this book are the stories of each person Each case is heart wrenching, hopeful, and real.An excellent book that tells the stories behind the client case files Definitely one of my best reads of 2008.

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    Michael Paul Mason shows the inner workings of and political red tape involved with brain injury care and rehabilitation in our country while introducing his readers to real life people and their families whose lives have forever been derailed This book is powerful and informative and infuriating all at once as the reader discovers how laws, insurance providers and institutional guidelines determine just how much a person will be allowed to recover from a brain injury We live in a time of amazing medical advancements where people can survive injuries never before imagined and a time where laws and regulations restrict access to the appropriate and necessary rehabilitation for these survivors.