Tag Archives: neurology

McEwan, Ian. Saturday

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Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne, a successful neurosurgeon, stands at his bedroom window before dawn and watches a plane – ablaze with fire like a meteor – arcing across the London sky. Over the course of the following day, unease gathers about Perowne, as he moves amongst hundreds of thousands of anti-war protestors in the post-9/11 streets. A minor car accident brings him into confrontation with Baxter, a fidgety, aggressive man, who to Perowne’s professional eye appears to be profoundly unwell. But it is not until Baxter makes a sudden appearance at the Perowne family home that Henry’s earlier fears seem about to be realised.

Publisher: Vintage
Year: 2006
ISBN-10: 0099469685

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Genova, Lisa. Left Neglected

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The moving second novel from the author of international hit Still Alice, which explores the life of a woman struck by a brain disorder, Left Neglect

‘I think some small part of me knew I was living an unsustainable life. Every now and then, it would whisper, slow down. You don’t need all this.’

Sarah Nickerson has it all: a high-flying career, a loving husband and children, a second home. But does she have time to enjoy it? Too busy to pay full attention, can she see what’s left neglected?

One fateful day while driving to work, Sarah looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, her overfull life comes to a screeching halt. In the wake of a devastating accident that affects her body and mind in surprising ways, it’s time for her to choose: who does she really want to be?

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Year: 2011
ISBN-10: 1849835721

Sacks, Oliver. A Leg to Stand On

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When Oliver Sacks, a physician by profession, injured his leg while climbing a mountain, he found himself in an unusual position – that of patient. The injury itself was severe, but straightforward to fix; the psychological effects, however, were far less easy to predict, explain, or resolve: Sacks experienced paralysis and an inability to perceive his leg as his own, instead seeing it as some kind of alien and inanimate object, over which he had no control. A Leg to Stand On is both an account of Sacks’ ordeal and subsequent recovery, and an exploration of the ways in which mind and body are inextricably linked.

Publisher: Picador
Year:2012
ISBN-10: 0330507621

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Sacks, Oliver. On the Move: A Life.

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When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: ‘Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far’. It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, as well as with a group of patients who would define his life, it becomes clear that Sacks’s earnest desire for engagement has occasioned unexpected encounters and travels – sending him through bars and alleys, over oceans, and across continents.

‘On the Move’ is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer – and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.

Publisher: Picador
Year: 2015
ISBN-10: 1447264045

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Docter, Pete, Del Carmen, Ronaldo (dirs). Inside Out.

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After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Writer: Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen
Year: 2015

There is an interesting review both of the film and some of the psychological science it draws on at the BMJ Medical Humanities blog >here<

Buehler, Phillip. Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty: Greystone Park State Hospital Revisited

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Through never-before-published letters, historic family photographs, and rare personal interviews, Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty explores the five years Woody spent at Greystone Park State Hospital in New Jersey. Woody was a patient there from 1956 – 1961, in Ward 40 and called it “Wardy Forty.” Through contemporary photographs of the now-abandoned hospital, these years are brought to life and provide a mysterious glimpse into a deserted bygone era.

Sacks, O. The man who mistook his wife for a hat (and other clinical tales)

A 1985 book by neurologist Oliver Sacks describing the case histories of some of his patients. The title of the book comes from the case study of a man with visual agnosia

Author: Sacks, Oliver

Title: The man who mistook his wife for a hat (and other clinical tales)

Publisher: Chester Music

Year: 1996

ISBN: 0711960836

Marshall, Penny (dir). Awakenings.

Mike Hardey HYMS: Robin Williams (annoying) as Dr. Malcom Sayer pioneering the use a new drug, L-Dopa, to revive catatonic patients. He finds, however, that his patients always return to their original state no matter what he does.  Based on Oliver Sacks’ book

Director: Penny Marshall
Studio: Columbia
Year: 1990

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