Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease

Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease

"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? In this book, Dr. Allan Ropper and Brian Burrell take the reader behind the scenes at Harvard Medical School's neurology unit to show how a seasoned diagnostician faces down bizarre, life-altering afflictions. Like Alice in Wonderland, Dr. 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 child molester who, after falling on the ice, is left with a brain that is very much dead inside a body that is very much alive
• 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 reader into a rarified world where lives and minds hang in the balance.

Title:Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease
ISBN:9781250034984
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  • P-eggy

    I have a great interest in neurology, psychoneurology especially. I really like Oliver Sacks, except when he concentrates on himself, i don't find him as interesting as a neurological example as he do...

  • Dan

    As a retired neurologist, I really wanted to like this book, but I found it very disappointing. I have tremendous respect for Dr. Ropper. Principles of Neurology, the textbook of neurology that he cur...

  • Nikki

    Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole is a really fascinating book. It's a little fictionalised, so we get dialogues and little portraits of character, enough that we can care about the cases discussed. Dr Ro...

  • K.J. Charles

    A moderately interesting story of the life of a neurologist, marred by the gigantic ego of the author. I'm sure you need a gigantic ego to do the job and there are plenty of stories where he gets stuf...

  • Kristy K

    3.5 StarsA neurologist takes us through multiple cases he’s dealt with over a short course of time. Some very interesting cases with many diseases I’d never even heard of. A great read, especially...

  • Donna

    I wanted to like this science based nonfiction book because I always like books like this. But the title seemed somewhat inaccurate for this book. It wasn't about the mystery and drama of brain diseas...

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  • Jeremy

    I read it wondering if the author, a neurologist, would ever turn professional insight on himself. If he did, he would realize he spends an entire book blowing eighteen over-inflated tires of sexist, ...

  • Lori

    Wish I could review this book. I won it on September 28 as a giveaway on goodread. Never received the book. Looks like other people liked the book. I always read the books I win and do a review on the...

  • Mariavv

    This book was interesting enough for me to finish it in three days, but it's not a book I would tell anyone to go buy right now. Pick it up if you find it at a book exchange or in a bargain bin, thoug...