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Head cases : stories of brain injury and its aftermath
Michael Paul Mason
Adult Nonfiction RC387.5 .M377 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been brought to the fore by the war in Iraq, but not only soldiers experience it. Mason, a case manager in Tulsa, Okla., for people living with TBI, writes with passion and urgency about the unheralded but compelling stories of Americans injured in car accidents or through a miscalculation while snowboarding. Their lives are disrupted by seizures, memory loss, psychosis. One of Mason's clients is an ambitious former air force officer who now goes into waking trances in which he thinks he's dead, as a result of a herpes virus emerging from its hiding place to invade his brain. Mason lays out a damning indictment of the health-care system's failure to provide facilities and services that millions like his clients need. He also tells stories of tremendous courage and perseverance as survivors and their families work to re-establish the everyday skills they had before their injury. The strange effects of neurological damage will draw fans of Oliver Sacks, but Mason's poignant and caring accounts of his clients' lives are sure to touch the hearts of a wide range of readers. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Brain injuries are too common, with as many as 5.3 million Americans--two percent of the population--living with a disability resulting from a head injury. Through 12 narratives of traumatic brain injury (TBI), Mason, a professional brain-injury case manager, makes real just how devastating TBI is to survivors and their families. Readers meet Cheyenne, an aspiring actor whose snowboarding accident has led to grand mal seizures that tear muscles and lacerate skin; Brian, a six-year-old suffering a brain tumor and violent fits of rage; and Julie, a car accident survivor who cannot retrieve memories. Mason also demonstrates how painfully inadequate treatment facilities and services are. Ironically, as medical advances improve TBI survivor statistics, resources for treatment are ever more strained, and, with the types of injuries that terrorism and the Iraq War make commonplace, Mason reports that the severely brain injured are being neglected, misplaced, and isolated. The facts of TBI are grim, but Mason succeeds in giving a strong voice and profound humanity to its victims. This unusually well-written, disturbing book is highly recommended for public libraries and health collections.--James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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