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BRAIN, HEAL THYSELF: A Caregiver's New Approach to Recovery from Stroke, Aneurysm, and Traumatic Brain Injuries
BRAIN JOLT: A Life Renewed After Traumatic Brain Injury
THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
BRAINLASH: Maximize Your Recovery from Mild Brain Injury
BUILDING A NEW DREAM: A Family Guide to Coping with Chronic Illness and Disability
COGNITIVE REHABILITATION: An Integrative Neuropsychological Approach
AN EDUCATOR'S MANUAL: What Educators Need to Know About Students with Brain Injury
HEAD CASES: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath
I AM THE CENTRAL PARK JOGGER: A Story of Hope and Possibility
IN AN INSTANT: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing
THE MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY WORKBOOK: (Regain Function & Overcome Emotional Pain)
MINOR HEAD TRAUMA: Assessment, Management, and Rehabilitation
NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION: Fundamentals, Innovations and Directions
OVER MY HEAD: A Doctor's account of head injury from the inside looking out

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"WHERE IS THE MANGO PRINCESS? A Journey Back from Brain Injury" - Cathy Crimmins, 2000, Random House, New York, U.S. $13.95

Outstanding Book Award Winner, The American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Back cover. "Cathy Crimmins' life is forever changed when her husband Alan is run over by a speedboat while on a family vacation. Alan survives a traumatic brain injury, but his recovery is a vast and murky sea of medical mystery and HMO bureaucracy that Crimmins must navigate essentially alone. This formerly "hands off wife" reluctantly assumes the role of caregiver and learns to cope with the new Alan: gone is the brilliant man who loved obscure Japanese cinema and wry humor; in his place is a childlike and unpredictable replica who has a short attention span and laughs at inane cartoons.

With wrenching and hilarious results, Crimmins - best known as a humor writer - applies her keen intelligence to an inherently mesmerizing story that questions the very nature of human personality and deftly explores the endless complexities of the brain and the heart. It is at once shocking proof of the precariousness of life and a moving tale of personal triumph."

Los Angeles Times - "As a writer with a flair for humorous twists, Crimmins leavens her harrowing account with healthy doses of wit....This touching little memoir urges each of us to cherish every detail of our lives."

ELLE - "Wincingly funny.....The alternating currents of wit and rage that electrify Cathy Crimmins's (sic) memoir seem utterly appropriate."

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CHILDREN WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: A Parents' Guide" - Edited by Lisa Schroenbrodt, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, 2001 Woodbine House, MD

Back cover. "When a child sustains a traumatic brain injury, there are often immediate medical and therapeutic needs as well as long-term effects on behavioral, cognitive, and physical skills. CHILDREN WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY is a comprehensive, must-have reference that provides parents with the support and information they need to cope and help their child recover.

 More than one million children experience brain injuries each year. For families of children - infants through teens - who have been injured as the result of a fall, a biking or automobile accident, or orhter closed-head trauma, CHILDREN WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY thoroughly covers" the key topics. "Written by an expert team of medical and rehabilitation specialists, a speech-language pathologist, social workers, psychologists, special educators, and an attorney, CHILDREN WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY is essential reading for parents, but is also recommended for professionals and general and special educators. A case study, parent statements, patient assessment scales, resource guide, reading list, and glossary round out this invaluable guide."

 Allan I. Bergman, President & CEO, Brain Injury Association, Inc. - " CHILDREN WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY is a comprehensive resource aimed at assisting families through the complex - and often tumultuous-times after brain injury. I thoroughly recommend this book for any family member looking for effective strategies to help their child navigate through brain injury and achieve the highest level of success in their future."

 Kayla Menucha Fogel, BS, SDS, Founder & Executive President, Brain Injury Society - "A very informative book that meets the needs of the family who is seeking to understand brain injury of a loved one."

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"BRAIN JOLT: A Life Renewed After Traumatic Brain Injury" - JoAnn M. Jarvis, RN, DHM, 2008, 2nd Edition with Homeopathic Appendix, at $15 for download. Without Appendix, $13 for download. Also available in paperback from LuLu.

Back cover. "JoAnn Jarvis lives in NY state with her family. She is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in community healthcare, hospice, traumatic brain injury, allergy, and environmental illness. She holds a DiHom and DHM in homeopathy as well tutors international students in these studies. She is a certified Reiki Master. She works as a nurse supervisor at a structured day program for traumatic brain injury in Syracuse, NY. Her intention for sharing her own personal struggles with TBI is to educate and encourage others."

 Donna Earnest, DHM - "I would personally like to thank JoAnn Jarvis for writing such an awe-inspiring story of her tremendous will and determination in overcoming the detrimental effects suffered by those who have experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury. Not only the physical effects, but the emotional effects felt by the individual as well as the family. Life as they have known it will never be the same. Add to this the battles that are fought by the many companies that need to be dealt with along the way. Our health care system does not make this path any easier for the suffering. The road to recovery is not an easy road travelled and for most it is even unthinkable when such an injury occurs in their lifetime. I have personally seen and felt the effects of a TBI in someone very close and dear to me. His return was a hard-fought battle and in many ways has changed his life and ours forever. I wish that I would have had this knowledge many years ago when our family was jolted into a new way of living. I believe this book, that has been written from the heart, will be a blessing for those that follow down the road of recovery."

Terezihna Jones, DHM, PhD- "This is a book that should be given out to the families of everyone who has had to deal with brain damage! People need to know what it is like for their family and friends who experience this in order to be able to be supportive during a time that is more difficult than the average person could imagine. Very well written and authoritative!"

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"BRAIN, HEAL THYSELF: A Caregiver's New Approach to Recovery from Stroke, Aneurysm, and Traumatic Brain Injuries" - Madonna Siles, Commentary by Lawrence J. Beurat, MD. 2006. Hampton Roads, Virginia. $16.95.

 Back cover. "When Eve suffered a near-fatal brain aneurysm, Madonna Siles, her housemate and friend, quickly found herself making critical short- and long-term medical care decisions without any help. When the insurance and financial resources ran out and the conventional therapy providers discharged zombie-like Eve to the homecare of a solitary caregiver, both their futures seemed hopeless.  Instead of giving up, Siles drew on life experience and her marketing career to develop a rehabilitation program that harnessed the power of the subconscious mind. Using motivational techniques borrowed from the advertising world, she appealed to Eve's subconscious to bypass the brain damage and restore normal functioning. In three short years, even the doctors were amazed at Eve's recovery and return to near-normal life.   Part memoir, part recovery manual, BRAIN, HEAL THYSELF is a guidebook for thousands of shell-shocked individuals who suddenly find themselves having to make life and death decisions for those they love. With humor, warmth, and arresting honesty, Siles's (sic) lively narrative closely examines not only the patient's recovery, but also the crucial role of caregivers - and the emotional, financial, and practical pressures they face."

 Rose Sgarlat Myers, PT, PhD, Executive Vice President of the Foundation for Cancer Research and Education. Editor of Saunders Manual of Physical Therapy Practice. Coauthor of Eating Your Way to Better Health. - "Irreversible brain damage" are devastating words to friends and families. Siles hears these words and, like so many members of AA, "has only begun to fight". The AA 12-step program has given life back to so many people. Siles uses the 12-step program and her background in advertising to formulate an effective method to rehabilitate her friend. When combined with perseverance, a strong program, and certain skills, "miracles" do happen. BRAIN, HEAL THYSELF is a book that we all should read, especially caregivers, families of brain-injured patients, and health professionals and their students. Our brains do have the capacity to be rehabilitated beyond our expectations. I truly loved Siles's (sic) inspiring work."

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"THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science" - Norman Doidge, MD, 2007. Penguin Books. $16.00

Front cover. The New York Times - "The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff......Straddles the gap between science and self-help."

Back cover. Oliver Sacks - "Fascinating. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain."

The New York Times - "The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains - even even into old age - is the most important breakthrough in neuroscience in four centuries. In this revolutionary look at the brain, bestselling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed. Introducing principles we can all use as well as a riveting collection of case histories- stroke patients cured, a woman with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, learning and emotional disorders overcome, IQs raised, and aging brains rejuvenated - THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history".

The Washington Post - "Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it.....Links scientific experimentation with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe."

The Chicago Tribune - "Lucid and absolutely fascinating. Doidge explains with clarity, grace and vividness.....It satisfies in equal measure the mind and the heart." 

V.S.Ramachandran, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, UCSD, and author of Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind - "Superb. I devoured it."

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"HEAD CASES: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath" - Michael Paul Mason, 2008. Farrar,Straus & Giroux, New York.

Front flyleaf: "HEAD CASES takes us into the dark side of the brain in an astonishing sequence of stories - true, strange, and moving - from the world of brain damage.

Michael Paul Mason is one of an elite group of experts who rush to the scenes of tragic accidents and coordinate care 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 inhabit. We meet a snowboarder whose life became permanently surreal after an errant jump, an "ultraviolet" child who has lost the brain's instinctive check on the impulse to strike out at others, a young man who cannot cry, and several Iraq war veterans whose odd maladies suggest that brain injury will be the war's most conspicuous legacy.

Underlying each of their stories is an exploration of the brain and its mysteries. When injured, the brain must figure out how to heal itself, growing the new cells it needs 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 of the sense of self, life, and order that resides there. HEAD CASES echoes the work of both Oliver Sacks and Raymond Carver, and is at once illuminating and deeply affecting. "

Back flyleaf: "Michael Paul Mason, born in 1971, is a brain injury case manager based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He writes for Discover magazine. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Brain Injury Association of America."

Back cover: from HEAD CASES -  "A tap on the head, and anything can go wrong. Anything usually does go wrong. You may not remember how to swallow. Or you may look at food and perspire instead of salivate and salivate when you hear your favorite song. You may not know your name, or you may think you are someone different every hour. Everyone you know and will ever know could become a stranger, including the face in the mirror. When you tell someone you are sad, you may shriek; your entire vocabulary may consist only of groans or hiccups. A brain injury can shatter your perceptions about the future, splinter your past, and send your sense of time whirling in any number of directions. And that's just the beginning.

A brain injury is never an isolated incident; it affects nearly everything associated with the survivor. It can collapse a family and flatten a business, evaporate friendships and allegiances, overburden a community, and buckle a state's healthcare system.

By going deeper into the aftermath of brain injury, we eventually reach an earnest sense of awe about the brain and its mysteries. The survivor's life emerges as an ongoing pull between the changes that occur within the altered brain and the outward repercussions that follow. It is this tension between being and becoming that begs the intimate, soulful questions posed by every brain injury. What are we other than our brains? Is there a part of me that can't be changed by a brain injury?"

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IIN AN INSTANT: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing" - Lee & Bob Woodruff, ABC News Anchor. 2007, Random House, New York. $25.95.

Front flyleaf: Lee Woodruff - "What would you do in that instant if someone told you that it was the last time you would hold or hug or talk to your husband for over a month?....What would I have changed about that morning if I knew that all our lives would be blackened with one single act of terrorism in a war?"

Front flyleaf: "In one of the most anticipated books of the year, Lee Woodruff, along with her husband, Bob Woodruff, shares the couple's never-before-told story of romance, resilience, and survival following the tragedy that transformed their lives and gripped a nation.

In January 2006, the Woodruff's seemed to have it all - a happy marriage and four beautiful children. Lee was a public relations executive, and Bob had just been named co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight. Then, while Bob was embedded with the military in Iraq, an improvised explosive device went off near the tank he was riding in. He and his camerman, Doug Vogt, were hit, and Bob suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly killed him.  

IN AN INSTANT is the frank and compelling account of how Bob and Lee's lives came together, were blown apart, and then were miraculously put together again - and how they persevered, with grit but also with humor, through intense trauma and fear.

Here are Lee's heartfelt memories of their courtship, their travels as Bob left a law practice behind and pursued his news career and Lee her freelance business, the glorious births of their children, and the challenges of parenthood.

Bob in turn recalls the moment he caught the journalism bug while covering Tiananmen Square for CBS News, his love of overseas assignments and his guilt about long separations from his family, and his pride at attaining the brass ring of television news - being chosen to fill the seat of the late Peter Jennings. "

Back flyleaf: "For the first time, the Woodruffs reveal the agonizing details of Bob's terrible injuries and his remarkable recovery. We llearn that Bob's return home was not an end to the journey but the first step into a future he and Lee have learned not to fear but to be grateful for.

IN AN INSTANT is not only a dual memoir of love and courage. It is an important, wise, and inspiring guide to coping with tragedy - and an extraordinary drama of marriage, family, war, and nation.

About the Authors

Lee and Bob Woodruff live in Westchester County, New York, with their four children. Bob Woodruff was names co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight in December 2005. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Bob Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. Lee Woodruff is a public relations executive and freelance writer."

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"I AM THE CENTRAL PARK JOGGER: A Story of Hope and Possibility" - Trisha Meili, 2003, Scribner, New York. $25.00.

Front flyleaf: "For the first time since the brutal assault in 1989 - a crime that stunned New Yorkers, the nation and the world - the Central Park Jogger reveals her identity and tells the story you haven't heard, the journey of a young woman who turned horrifying violence and certain death into extraordinary healing and triumphant life. "

"It is the end of a long workday and she is out for a run.

Shortly after 9:00 P.M. on April 19, 1989, a young woman jogs alone near 102nd Street in New York City's Central Park. She is attacked, raped, savagely beaten, and left for dead. Many hours later, she is found lying in the mud, her body thrashing violently.

When the young woman - soon to be known around the world simply as the Central Park Jogger - arrives in the emergency room, her body temperature is 85 degrees, she is comatose, and she cannot breathe on her own. She has a fractured skull and has lost so much blood that the doctors can't understand why she is still alive.

 I AM THE CENTRAL PARK JOGGER recounts the mesmerizing, inspiring, often wrenching story of human strength and transcendent recovery that involved a family, a hospital, a city - in fact, an entire nation - of supporters.

Even today, more than a decade after the attack, the Central Park Jogger is still in the news. As she writes this story, the headlines scream JOGGER once more. Starting new information about the crime emerges. Because of the nature of her head injuries, ...."

Back flyleaf. ...."she remembers nothing of the attack. Whether one man or several nearly took her life, the damage was done.

And for the Central Park Jogger, the crime was not the climax but the beginning of her journey. This indelible, moving, tough-minded self-portrait weaves the stories of ER workers, doctors, nurses, investigators, family, colleagues, friends, and strangers into a haunting narrative of courage, survival, and healing against seemingly impossible odds.

She tells us who she was - a well-educated young woman working on Wall Street - and who she is now. Postattack, she must relearn to read, write, add, subtract, tell time. Once a distance runner, she must learn to walk again. She was a woman who guarded an unhealthy secret that defied treatment until after the violence, when it magically healed; a young professional who worked twelve- to fourteen-hour days but who, postattack, had the courage to reclaim her life and focus on what matters most.

Once comfortable in a high-pressure corporate boardroom, she is a woman who has had to learn to talk again, and is now a powerful and inspiring speaker. She is not the woman she was - physical and cognitive "deficits" linger - yet she is stronger and more alive than she has ever been. The event meant to take her life gave her a deeper one, richer and more meaningful.

Meet Tricha Meili, the Central Park Jogger.

The author will make a donation to The Achilles Track Club, Gaylord Hospital, and The Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program from her proceeds of the book."

Back cover. "The Power of the Mind". "I was on familiar ground here. I know every uphill, downhill, and curve of those last miles, and it felt great to run them. The energy that had been sapped by the race returned. My legs felt light, pliable. I had reclaimed "my" park. I knew I would finish. Six and a half years after I had nearly lost my life in this park, had lost 75 to 80 percent of my blood, had nearly lost an eye, had lain in a coma from which some doctors believed I would never emerge - indeed, after doctors had predicted I would never regain my physical or mental capabilities - I crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon at four hours, thirty minutes, and one second, and there's a picture on my desk of me crossing the line with the race clock above me to prove it."

"The Power of Support".   " In the back row was a man sitting in a wheelchair, an outpatient who had been staring at us throughout the session. Now he raised his hand.

"I'd like to say that you are an inspiration to me. I was in a coma for three and a half months, I couldn't talk for over a year, and I'm in a wheelchair and will walk just like you. Being here has been one of the greatest days of my life."

Though we were many feet apart, I felt a closeness to him that can only be described as mystical. I took a few steps toward him.

"Thank you so much," I said, "but I want you to look at yourself, too, and be proud of yourself. You were in a coma for three and a half months and you couldn't talk - and look at what you can do now."

"You used to be in a wheelchair?" he asked.


"You give me great hope. It can be done. I can beat this."

A perfect stranger, yet he has been with me ever since. As I have inspired him, so he has inspired me."

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"PEDIATRIC TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: Proactive Intervention" , 2nd Edition - Jean L. Blosser, Roberta DePompei, Delmar, 2003, New York

Back coverPEDIATRIC TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, 2nd Edition focuses on the cognitive-communicative needs of children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Updated with more resources and additional information on service delivery to the family, not just the child, PEDIATRIC TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, 2nd Edition advocates for services to be provided beyond the walls of the school setting to include reintegration to home, work, and the community. This book focuses on collaboration between all service providers and families and the need for this collaboration to occur for the lifetime of the child/adolescent with TBI. 

This book: "suggests methods for developing functional and effective treatment plans for individuals with TBI"; "includes two new appendices with sample forms for planning Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)"; and "covers the latest information on educational laws supporting reintegration into schools, and educational support for children recovering from TBI."

About the Authors - page xv and xvi.

"Jean L. Blosser, EdD, is professor of education and the dean of graduate and professional studies at Villa Julie College. She has a broad range of interests, including developing strategies for reintegrating individuals with acquired brain injury back into home, school, community, and work settings; developing parent and professional awareness of the roles they can play in working collaboratively in the treatment of youngsters with communication disabilities; and program administration and management. Dr. Blosser has conducted many in-service training workshops on these topics for speech-language pathologists, administrators, educators, health care personnel, and parents of children with disabilities. She has presented numerous papers at local, state, and national conferences, and published articles on these topics. She was named a Fellow of the American Speech -Language-Hearing Association and the American Council on Education."

"Roberta DePompei, PhD, is professor and clinical supervisor at the School of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron. Her major areas of research and interest are in cognitive communicative challenges to the individual with brain injury and the impact of brain injury on the family system. An advocate for the needs of youths (sic) with brain injuries and their families, she is on numerous national task forces and committees. She is also co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Children and Adolescents with Brain Injuries for the Brain Injury Association of America. She has helped develop support groups and community-based collaborative of agencies to problem solve issues for this population. Widely published, and a national and international presenter, Dr. DePompei is recognized for her unique and innovative approaches for functional community inclusion. Her specialty is the impact of brain injury on speech, language, communication, and learning. She is especially interested in developing educational programs and transitional opportunities for students as they progress through school and prepare for adulthood."

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"RESCUING BRAIN INJURED CHILDERN" - Keith Pennock, Ashgrove Publishing, London & Bath, 1999, $21.95

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 "If you know a family with a handicapped child, make sure they read this book." - John Cleese.

 "At last! A book which destroys the myth that brain injured children cannot develop." - Anne Diamond

 "A practical, uplifting book....this superb work on the subject" - Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

  "Most people have met or heard about someone who has been 'brain damaged.' This book has been written to answer the worries and concerns which ordinary families may have about brain injury. Brain injury need not be a life sentence. The author shows that a 'hurt' child can make remarkable progress towards independence, with the right sort of stimulation and help. After his first daughter, Alison, became brain injured, Keith Pennock's search for answers led him into a new career, teaching other parents the techniques he and his wife had successfully used with her. Keith has since helped over 1,400 brain injured children, and his consultancy, Brain-Net, works in association with four similar units in Europe and Australia. His patients have included children suffering from coma, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, physical disabilities, brain damage, hyperactivity, ADHD, ADD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, Asperger's and Down's syndrome. Many previously blind, deaf, unable to communicate or paralysed can now see, hear, read write, understand, talk, walk and run. Some even attend mainstream school with their chronological peers."

Page 77 - "For most of us, the learning process involves being exposed to a fact or facts several times, until, as we say, 'it has sunk in.' If this is true for most of us well people, how much more true is it for the brain injured child, whose ability to detect, and to retain information is so severely limited. He cannot see very well, and most probably does not see our world in the way that we do. He cannot hear very well and his hearing may be very limited, or too acute. His sensation can vary in different parts of his body, ranging from hypo- to hyper-sensitive. His senses of smell and taste may be dulled, or overactive. It is not enough to present him with new information in the same way we would anyone else. He needs to see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, or smell it over and over and over again. It is a basic principle of neurophysiology that if you want to increase central nervous system transmission, you must increase the stimulus in terms of its FREQUENCY, its INTENSITY and its DURATION. A proper understanding of these three words id crucially important, if we are to establish, or re-establish function following brain injury, and they deserve a full explanation."

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"COGNITIVE REHABILITATION: An Integrative Neuropsychological Approach" - McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD and Catherine A. Mateer, PhD, The Guilford Press, 2001

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"Sohlberg and Mateer's Introduction to Cognitive Rehabilitation helped put cognitive rehabilitation on the map for a generation of clinicians, researchers, educators, and students. Now, more than a decade later, the discipline has come of age. The research base has broadened, theory and terminology have been refined, and a wide range of intervention approaches have been articulated. This new volume offers a comprehensive overview of this fast-evolving field. More than a revised edition, the text reflects recent developments in neuroscience and computer technology, coupled with changing service delivery models. Authoritative and up-to-date, it is an indispensible resource for anyone working with individuals with acquired cognitive impairment.

The volume begins with an introductory section reviewing the fundamentals of practice. Chapters then describe rehabilitation methods with applications to specific cognitive process - attention, memory, executive functions, and communication - as well as associated emotional and behavioral difficulties. Approaches covered encompass behavioral interventions; process-oriented therapies, including cognitive process training; environmental manipulations, and psychotherapy. For each, theoretical underpinnings are reviewed in depth and detailed descriptions of how to implement the techniques are presented. Difficult concepts are explained in a clear, straightforward fashion, and realistic case examples bring the material to life. Also featured are samples of relevant assessment instruments, rating scales, and patient handouts. Throughout, the volume emphasizes the need to work from a community perspective, Particular attention is given to ways that interventions can expand knowledge about brain injury and its effects; foster self-management of cognitive and behavioral challenges; and enable successful collaboration among patients, families, and therapists. Special topics covered include the management of mild brain injury and brain injury in children.

This state-of-the-art volume belongs on the desks of professionals across a wide variety of rehabilitation specialties, including neuropsychology, clinical and cognitive psychology, psychiatry, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, neurology, and rehabilitation medicine. For student use, the book will replace its predecessor as a key text in courses on rehabilitation methods and neurogenic disorders.


McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. For the past 16 years she has worked as a clinician, researcher, and administrator in the development of programs to assist individuals with brain injury to reintegrate into the community at maximum levels of independence. She has published numerous articles, chapters, and manuals on managing cognitive impairments following neurogenic insult. Dr. Sohlberg is currently an associate professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences program at the University of Oregon.

Catherine A Mateer, PhD, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist with an extensive background in clinical assessment, clinical intervention, and both basic and applied research. She has published over 75 articles and book chapters and two previous books relating to brain organization for language, memory, and praxis, as well as to the assessment and management of acquired disorders of attention, memory and executive functions. Dr. Mateer is widely known for her pioneering work in the rehabilitation of individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injury. She is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

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"This is probably the best book on neurobehavioral remediation on the market. It is grounded in the neuro- and cognitive sciences while based on the authors' extensive rehabilitation experiences. The science is sound; the methodology is practical, effective, and respectful of the patient's dignity and well-being; and the coverage of conditions and issues is comprehensive and up to date. Students and practitioners alike will profit from the knowledge, technical advice, and practical admonitions these experienced and insightful clinicians provide." Muriel D. Lezak, PhD, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University

"Like the authors' original seminal text, this volume provides a systemic, practical framework that is clearly referenced to contemporary theory and research. In addition to up-to-date information on cognitive rehabilitation, the volume is enhanced by chapters on behavioral and emotional disorders, the special needs of children, and mild brain injury. In all areas, current best practices are  described and accompanied by an extensive array of worksheets, assessment and monitoring tools, and other useful supporting materials. Sohlberg and Mateer have once again produced the premire text in the area. It belongs within arm's reach of any professional or student in disciplines providing post-acute brain injury rehabilitation services." James F. Malec, PhD, Professor and Director of NIDRR Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, Mayo Clinic and Foundation.

"This book is precise, well organized, and easy to follow. It covers the main topics of concern to clinicians and families, and the sequence is logical and clear. Sohlberg and Mateer have a real gift for explaining difficult concepts in ways that make them seem completely understandable and sensible. In addition to these strengths, the book's balanced perspective and solid theoretical grounding really make it stand out among others in this area." Jill Winegardner, PhD, Neuropsychology Consultant, Dominican Hospital , Santa Cruz , California .   

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"BRAINLASH: Maximize Your Recovery from Mild Brain Injury" - Gail L. Denton, PhD, 3rd Edition, 2008, Demos Medical Publishing, New York.

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From reviews of earlier editions:

"This is the bible that patients, caregivers, and family members will turn to again and again for help." American Rehabilitation Journal

"Brainlash will prove invaluable for employers, support groups, health care providers, and legal representatives to better understand mild traumatic brain injury and recovery options." Midwest Book Review

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Brainlash: Maximize Your Recovery from Mild Brain Injury, 3rd Edition is an easily accessible guide that complements medical treatment for anyone with mild brain injury. Written by a psychotherapist who has experienced mild traumatic brain injury firsthand, its down-to-earth, practical advice covers virtually every aspect of the recovery process. You will find guidelines on self-esteem, stamina, support systems, intimacy issues, driving, nutrition, pain, and much more. This book is packed with up-to-date findings, the newest in brain injury technologies, a list of resources, and a comprehensive bibliography, and will answer all those questions your medical team may not."


"Dr. Gail Denton is both a former psychotherapist and a brain injury survivor. She wrote Brainlash to make sense of her experience and to share what she learned along the way. She presents a way of understanding the depth and breadth of the road ahead for everyone involved in the process of recovery."

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"OVER MY HEAD: A Doctor's account of head injury from the inside looking out" - Claudia L. Osborn, 1998, The Peripatetic Publisher, Florida, $18.95.

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"Poignant, funny, insightful - 'Over My Head' is a rare look into the workings of an injured brain. A true story of a young doctor's battle to overcome her head injury and build a new life."

"Everything looked as good as new, but nothing - nothing - would be the same again....a singularly revealing, well-told, first-person-account." William X. Kienzle, author of The Rosary Murders and the Fr. Koesler Mystery Series

"....a triumphal personal journey from deep despair to philosophical acceptance...eloquent proof that - with the right kind of rehabilitation - there can be a productive and meaningful life after a head injury." Yehuda Ben-Yishay, PhD, Professor, Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center

"Dr. Osborn's account helps the public understand the traumatic impact of a brain injury, particularly what a precious commodity memory is."  Patricia Anstett, Medical Writer, The Detroit Free Press

".....very moving....a rare glimpse of what it is really like to be a person whose life has been turned upside down as a result of a head injury." George Zitnay, PhD, President and CEO, National Brain Injury Association, Inc.

Claudia Osborn is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan State University, and a graduate of Vassar College and MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to her injury, she taught and practiced internal medicine in Detroit. Dr. Osborn lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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"TRAIN YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BRAIN"  - Sharon Begley, Ballantine Books, New York , 2007, $14.95.

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"A groundbreaking collaboration between neuroscience and Buddhism."

" How a new science reveals our extraordinary potential to transform ourselves."

Foreword by the Dalai Lama. Preface by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence.

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"A thrilling account of recent breakthroughs in neurology that have profound implications for Buddhist practitioners and anyone interested in human potential and how the mind works." Shambala Sun

"Reading this book is like opening doors in the mind. Sharon Begley brings the reader right ot the intersection of scientific and meditative understanding, a place of exciting potential for personal and global transformation. And she does it so skillfully as to seem effortless." Sharon Salzberg, author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

"Neuroplasticity has enormous implications not only for our physical health but for our mental health." Slate

"It is very seldom that a science in its infancy is so skillfully unpacked that it reads like a detective novel. The fact that this science includes the collaborative efforts of neuroscientists, psychologists, contemplatives, and philosophers, and the full engagement of the genius of the Dalai Lama is not only fascinating but uplifting and inspiring. This book lets you know that how you pay attention to your experience can change your entire way of being." Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses

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Sharon Begley, science columnist and a senior editor at Newsweek magazine, was previously the science columnist for The Wall Street Journal where she inaugurated the paper's "Science Journal" in 2002. In addition to Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, she co-authored The Mind and the Brain and has won many awards for her articles. She is a frequent guest on radio and television, including The Charlie Rose Shoe, Today Weekend, and CBS's The Early Show. She lives in New York.

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"There are two great things about this book. One is that it shows us how nothing about our brains is set in stone. The other is that it is written by Sharon Begley, one of the best science writers around. Begley is superb at framing the latest facts within the larger context of "In this fascinating and far-reaching book, Newsweek science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science andthe field.....This is a terrific book." Robert M. Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

"In this fascinating and far-reaching book, Newsweek science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds. Recent scientific experiments in neuroplasticity - the ability of the brain to change in response to experience - reveal that the brain is capable of altering its structure and function, and even of generating new neurons, a power we retain well into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, compensate for disabilities, rewire itself to overcome dyslexia, and break cycles of depression and OCD. And as scientists are learning from studies performed on Buddhist monks, it is not only the outside world that can change the brain, so can the mind and, in particular, focused attention through the classic Buddhist practice of mindfulness.

"With her gift for making science accessible, meaningful, and compelling, Sharon Begley illuminates a profound shift in our understanding of how the brain and the mind interact and takes us to the leading edge of a revolution in what it means to be human."

  "Excellent....elegant and lucid open mind here will be rewarded." Discover

 "A strong dose of hope along with a strong dose of science and Buddhist thought." The San Diego Union-Tribune

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"THE MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY WORKBOOK: Your Program for Regaining Cognitive Function & Overcoming Emotional Pain"       - Douglas J. Mason, PsyD, 2004, California , New Harbinger Publications, $18.95.

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Recognize the symptoms. Assess the damage. Recover brain function. Improve memory and learning. Increase attention span. Cope with depression and anxiety. Regain self-esteem.

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"This book is just a small demonstration of Mason's ability to use research in an effort to help teach professionals about traumatic brain injury and cognitive disorders. I am sure his peers will be interested in this piece of written work, as it contains credible content that accurately reflects the future of cognitive therapy." Paul M. Johns, director of rehabilitation and brain injury rehabilitation services at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center at Orlando Regional Sand Lake Hospital

 "Through the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook, Mason has provided patients and families with an excellent, understandable, and well-written overview of the challenges of mild traumatic brain injury. His work is based on his experience as the chief neuropsychologist at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, a major rehabilitation facility in the Orlando Regional Healthcare System. Mason has implemented his vast knowledge and expertise in evaluating, testing, and treating adolescents and adults with the entire spectrum of head injuries into a concise, easy-to-understand, comprehensive self-help manual." Stephen J. Roseberg, MD, FAAN, director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center at Orlando Regional Sand Lake Hospital

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 "Fast, Effective Strategies for Recovery

 A blow to the head or the dramatic acceleration and deceleration that occur in a serious car crash can cause a traumatic injury to the brain. At their most serious, these events are critical and life threatening, but even a mild incident can cause problems with memory, communication, and mental focus. What's worse, this kind of cognitive function loss often causes other psychological symptoms like depression and low self-esteem. Fortunately, there are things anyone can do to recover from a mild traumatic brain injury, get back lost cognitive ability, and restore a healthy frame of mind.

 If you or someone you love has suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, this engaging workbook will help you:

Learn the causes and symptoms of MTBI

Understand the brain injury recovery timeline

Manage medical care and set realistic goals for recovery

Recover memory, communication, and visuospatial ability

Cope with related symptoms like depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem

Douglas J. Mason, PsyD, is a neuropsychologist who specializes in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of people with brain injuries and other cognitive disorders. He is currently in private practice in central Florida. His practice is called The Memory Doctor, LLC."

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"HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY"  - Richard A. Neubauer, MD and Morton Walker, DPM, Avery, 1998 , New York , $14.95.

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"It can help reverse the effects of strokes and head injuries. It can help heal damaged tissues. It can fight infections and diseases. It can save limbs. If it sounds like the medicine of the future, guess again. The treatment is here, now, and is being successfully used to benefit thousands of patients throughout the country. This treatment is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

"Safe and painless, HBOT uses pressurized oxygen administered in special chambers. It has been used for years to treat divers with the bends, a serious illness caused by overly rapid ascensions. As time has gone on, however, doctors have discovered other applications for this remarkable treatment. In Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Dr. Richard Neubauer and Dr. Morton Walker show how people just like you are finding relief through the use of HBOT. They explain how this treatment overcomes hypoxia, or oxygen starvation in the tissues, by flooding the body's fluids with life-giving oxygen. In this way, HBOT can help people with strokes, head and spinal cord injuries, and multiple sclerosis regain speech and mobility. When used to treat accident and fire victims, HBOT can promote the faster, cleaner healing of wounds and burns, and can aid those overcome with smoke inhalation. It can be used to treat other types of injuries, including damage caused by radiation treatment and skin surgery, and fractures that won't heal. HBOT can also help people overcome a variety of serious infections, ranging from AIDS to Lyme disease. And, as Dr. Neubauer and Dr. Walker point out, it can do all of this by working hand in hand with other treatments, including surgery, without creating additional side effects and complications.  

"HBOT can provide an important weapon in the fight against numerous disorders. The more you know about HBOT, the better prepared you'll be to understand your medical options. Learn about the power of this remarkable treatment in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy."


"Dr. Richard A. Neubauer is medical director of the Ocean Hyperbaric Center in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, and is one of the country's foremost authorities on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School. Trained as an internist, Dr. Neubauer held directorships at a number of hospitals before specializing in hyperbaric medicine in 1972. Since then, he has published numerous journal articles and lectured all over the world. Dr. Neubauer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine.

"After leaving a successful seventeen-year practice of podiatric medicine in 1969, Dr. Morton Walker established himself as a major author in the fields of wholistic, alternative, and orthomolecular health. The winner of 23 medical journalism awards, Dr. Walker has written almost seventy books, including his most recent best-sellers,The Chelation Way and Toxic Metal Syndrome, as well as thousands of magazine, newspaper, and clinical journal articles. A highly sought-after lecturer, Dr. Walker continues to appear on TV and radio shows throughout the United States and Canada."

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"THE OXYGEN REVOLUTION"  - Paul G. Harch, MD, and Virginia McCullough, 2007, Hatherleigh Press , New York , $25.95. 

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"Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: The Groundbreaking New Treatment for:

Diabetes, Asthma, Autism, Lyme Disease, Cerebral Palsy, AIDS, Heart Disease, Alcohol Abuse, Birth Injuries, Parkinson's, Learning Disabilities, Vision Loss, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Alzheimer's Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Brain Injuries, Dementia, Arthritis, and MORE."

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When Randy McCloy, Jr., the sole survivor of the Sago Mine Disaster, finally walked out of the hospital to rejoin his family, it was in part due to the miracle of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is based on an almost laughably simple idea: Oxygen can be used therapeutically for a wide range of conditions where tissues have been damaged by oxygen deprivation. Restore that oxygen, goes the logical thinking, and you can restore much of the lost function.

It seems too good to be true, but Dr. Paul G. Harch's research and clinical practice has shown that this noninvasive and painless treatment can help the tens of millions of Americans who suffer from a brain injury or disease, such as:

bulletAutism and other learning disabilities
bulletCerebral palsy and other birth injuries
bulletAlzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and other degenerative neurological diseases
bulletEmergency situations requiring resuscitation, such as cardiac arrest, carbon monoxide poisoning, or near drowning

It can also improve conditions in which inflammation is the culprit, such as arthritis and asthma; promote healing in infections, burns, and skin grafts, such as diabetic foot wounds; and slow the aging process.

For Americans suffering from these seemingly "hopeless" diseases, here finally is the handbook of hope. Inspiring and informative, The Oxygen Revolution is the definitive guide to the miracle of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, from a pioneer in the field.

Paul G. Harch, M.D., is a hyperbaric medicine, diving, and emergency medicine physician who is a Diplomate of the American Board of Hyperbaric Medicine. The first President of the International Hyperbaric Medical Association and a semi-finalist for the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, he has seen the positive effects of HBOT firsthand through the treatment of family members with stroke, dementia, and learning disability. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine's Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship Program, Dr. Harch currently divides his time between international consulting, lecturing, and his practice and research in the New Orleans area. Visit him at

Virginia McCullough is the author of many books, including Coping with Chemotherapy and Radiation (with Daniel Cukier, et al) and Testing and Your Child. A native of Chicago, she currently lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Visit her at

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"One of the most important and insightful medical books in 40 years. If you or your loved one have a neurological condition, you cannot afford to be without this book; it has the potential to restore your lost life." Vance Trimble, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Uncertain Miracle

"History has demonstrated the value, role, and contribution of medical mavericks like Dr. Harch and the need for more of them. This book serves as a valuable guide in delivering the hard science demanded but often overlooked by mainstream medicine in controversial treatment arenas [like hyperbaric oxygen therapy]. This book will change lives, lives that haven't been born yet." Rick Rader, M.D., President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry

"Dr. Harch is a tireless researcher, brilliant clinician, and true pioneer in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In this book, he offers compelling reasons for the widespread adoption and utilization of this remarkable, yet overlooked, therapy." Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder of Whitaker Wellness Institute and editor of Health & Healing newsletter

"[T]his book is a brilliant, enjoyable, readable, yet in-depth explanation of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).......The concepts in this book should be taught in every medical school and hospital and known in every household." R. A. Neubauer, M.D., founder of Ocean Hyperbaric Neurologic Center

"An authoritative, well-written book on a subject we all need to know more about. Highly recommended for physicians and health care consumers alike." Nathaniel Altman, author of The Oxygen Prescription

"Hyperbaric oxygen has been the Cinderella of modern medicine for several decades, given that oxygen is not a patentable drug. Finally, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Dr. Harch, the man-on-the-street is becoming aware of this non-invasive therapy." Kenneth P. Stoller, M.D., FAAP, President of the international Hyperbaric Medical Association

"The Oxygen Revolution is a fascinating book written by one of the great pioneers in the field of hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Harch shares his incredible knowledge and experience in a compelling book that is both comprehensive and accessible to the lay person. It opens tremendous horizons in the treatment of numerous conditions and will give true hope to millions of people with chronic disease." Pierre Marois, M.D., F.R.C.P., Ste-Justine University Hospital

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"AN EDUCATOR'S MANUAL: What Educators Need to Know About Students with Brain Injury"  - Edited by Ronald C. Savage, EdD, and Gary F. Wolcott, M.Ed., 1995, Brain Injury Association, Inc.


According to the Center for Disease Control, brain injury is the single largest cause of death and disability among youth in the United States. The latest report regarding the incidence rate of brain injury among children and young people is staggering. More that a million children sustain a brain injury every year. Over 200,000 children are hospitalized each year with a brain injury. 15,000 require prolonged hospitalization and among those with severe brain injuries, 50% will have major neurological problems.

The causes of brain injury among children are many, but motor vehicle collisions, recreational injuries, falls, child abuse and assault are among the leading causes. Perhaps of greatest importance is the increasing violence against children. The severity of injury in assaults from guns is of special concern. While most injuries are mild, brain injury has a direct bearing on school performance and social adjustment of children. Often mild brain injury goes undetected or is ignored until educational problems appear. The implications for school systems and educators are very significant. As medical and technological research advances, more and more children will survive severe brain trauma. Partnerships between the acute hospital, brain injury [,] rehabilitation facility and the schools must be enhanced. More and more schools will be called upon to educate by children and youth with severe physical, cognitive and social impairment. For individuals under the age of 22, school systems are the primary providers of long-term education and rehabilitation. To this end, schools and educators must be prepared and able to assist not only children, but their families, since brain injury impacts the whole family.

The Brain Injury Association has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) to enhance the cooperation between families, BIA State chapters, schools, and state rehabilitation agencies, and to improve services to children and youth with brain injury.

BIA and the members of the Children and Adolescents Task Force are pleased to present the third edition of "An Educator's Manual." The Manual was designed to assist parents, teachers, and administrators in helping students face the challenge of brain injury. This manual outlines the information educators need to help students with brain injury. With up-to-date information, it is a must for all educators and administrators.

BIA is especially grateful to the volunteers who made this new updated version of "An Educator's Manual" possible. A special thank you to Ronald C. Savage, Ed.D., Gary F. Wolcott, M.Ed., and to the members of the BIA Children and Adolescents Task Force.


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"MINOR HEAD TRAUMA: Assessment, Management, and Rehabilitation"  - Steven Mandel, MD, Robert Thayer Sataloff, MD, DMA, Sarita Schapiro, PhD, Editors, Springer-Verlag, 1993, New York.

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"Minor head injuries account for the majority of all head injuries. Although minor head injuries often produce clinically important sequelae, many of these aftereffects are subtle and require evaluation from the perspectives of several disciplines in order to be recognised and managed efficiently."

Minor Head Trauma: Assessment, Management, and Rehabilitation  describes and explains techniques for diagnosing, evaluating and rehabilitating patients with minor head injuries. This book is not an "emergency room book" that deals only with the immediate crises. Rather, it reveals the patient's problems beyond the first moments of injury and initial treatments, and illuminates the long-term effects of minor head injury.

Minor Head Trauma offers insights on:

bulleta range of related issues from emergency room management to psychiatric evaluation and rehabilitation
bulletthe role of electrophysiological testing in patients who have sustained minor head trauma - including BEAM techniques
bulletthe subtleties of neurophysiological diagnosis
bulletradiologic assessment following minor head trauma
bulletneurotological evaluation and treatment
bulletdiagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders
bulletthe nature and pathogenesis of visual sequelae of head injury
bullettaste and smell disorders after minor head trauma
bulletsleep disturbance after minor head injury
bulletthe speech-language pathologist's role in treating minor head injuries

the complexities of rehabilitation including problems faced when the patient resumes normal community, professional, and familial activities.

Minor Head Trauma is intended for physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, nurses, attorneys, and others faced with the challenges of evaluating and treating patients who have sustained minor head trauma.

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"BUILDING A NEW DREAM: A Family Guide to Coping with Chronic Illness and Disability"  - Janet R. Maurer, M.D., and Patricia D. Strasberg, Ed.D., 1989, Addison-Wesley Publishing, New York , $17.95.

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Building a New Dream is a compassionate and practical guide to the emotional and social aspects of chronic illness and disability - for patients and family members alike. Written by a leading physician and a clinical psychologist, it deals with long-term illness and disabilities caused by accidents as well.

When illness strikes, neither patient nor family and friends are prepared. It takes time to adjust to a new reality, and the authors show you how to handle the medical professionals and to integrate new and sometimes unnerving information. Soon however, the psychological and social dimensions of illness become crucial, and the authors offer a wide range of advice based on their clinical experience. Readers of this book will recognize the moments of sorrow, the flashes of anger and irritation, and the sense of isolation that can pervade the family, and will appreciate th authors' suggestions on overcoming them. Mauerer and Stasberg illustrate how many of the feelings that parents, spouses, and children have are universal. They explain the responses of the outside world, and tell you how to deal with relatives, friends, and work.

Most of all, through the strength of their understanding, Mauerer and Strasberg demonstrate the power that each family can derive in the face of crisis. They offer the knowledge that, even in the face of chronic illness or disability, each individual and every family can find new ways to hope and dream.

Janet R. Mauerer, M.D., is director of Respirology Clinical Services at Toronto General Hospital and the author of How to Talk to Your Doctor.

Patricia D. Strasberg, a psychologist, is in private practice and is adjunct assistant professor of counseling psychology at Columbia University Teachers College.

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Advance Praise for Building a New Dream

 "Building a New Dream is an excellent resource tool, not only for individuals with disabilities in their families, but also for the general population, which will likely experience illness or disability in their lifetime. The book's anecdotal format makes it quite refreshing and readable. It can help the reader become a more informed consumer of and participant in medical care. Most importantly, it is an affirmation of dignity and self-respect for disabled individuals. As the title suggests, disability need not destroy one's aspirations; rather, it can be the start of building a new dream." James Peters, Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association

"Building a New Dream is a hopeful, helpful guide for dealing with human dilemmas nearly everyone faces. The advice is clinically sound, intellectually honest, and in the end optimistic." Roger A. Myers, Columbia University Teachers College

"Building a New Dream not only serves as a guide for patients, it is immensely useful for the family and friends of anyone facing a chronic illness. It provides practical and wise advice on coping with a changed life." Sally Berg, American Cancer Society

"Life does not prepare us for the unexpected tragedy of chronic illness or disability. If it should occur, Building a New Dream is an excellent teacher; especially teaching us that chronic illness/disability is not necessarily a tragedy, and that we are quite capable of coping and living full lives. Thank you, authors, for writing it. I recommend Building a New Dream to everyone, if for nothing else but to help in the understanding that disabled people are, first and foremost, people." Laura E. Hashim, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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"NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION: Fundamentals, Innovations and Directions"  - Edited by Jose Leon-Carrion, GR/ST. Lucie Press, Florida, 1997.

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"....a world class group of authors. Overall, this is a very useful book and a welcome contribution to the field." George A. Zitnay, Brain Injury Association, Washington, D.C.

 "The editor, along with some forty contributing authors, presents a current and revealing look at the growing international field of neuropsychological rehabilitation.

Here is truly cutting-edge material, blended with significant historical perspective, from some of the most active professionals in the field. Comprehensive in its coverage, this book presents relevant material on topics ranging from behavioral and educational issues following brain injury to gene therapy.

Remarkable in the depth of its content, this book reveals the numerous changes that have occurred over the past decade and the new pathways open to treating TBI.


Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: Fundamentals, Innovations and Directions has been conceived as an instrument for all professionals concerned with the treatment and return to community of those citizens who have had a traumatic brain injury. Two central ideas form the foundation of this book. The first is that scientific intervention (treatment) can be successful. The second is that neuropsychologists must be open to theoretical and technological advances and not necessarily fixated from the start on the idea of reversibility.

As part of the first principle, neuropsychologists must have confidence and assurance, knowing the process that they are going to use will be successful. In the same way, neuropsychologists must be satisfied that the instruments and techniques they are using will be helpful. If they have doubts about their capacity and their rehabilitation techniques, they may fail. Neuropsychologists must be imaginative and must be boldly prudent in the use of all their knowledge and techniques in order to serve rehabilitation successfully. There are, undoubtedly, many possible ways of achieving neuropsychological rehabilitation.

This success is, in my opinion, closely related to the objectives pursued when planning the neuropsychological rehabilitative course for a patient. As Einstein said, "Irreversibility is an illusion, a subjective impression, the product of the initial exceptional conditions." All is possible; it is only a question of relativity. Likewise, we have to consider that in neuropsychological rehabilitation, the pursuit of neuropsychological functioning reversibility can be an illusion. Therefore, we have to adapt rehabilitation procedures and goals to the new cerebral conditions that are exceptional, too. The neuropsychologist is searching for the new neuropsychological coherence of the patient according to his/her new brain condition. In other words, when the neuropsychologist and the family are trying to restore the patient to who he/she was before the injury, their objective can be no more than an illusion. The cerebral conditions, emotional and affective aspects, and the experience and social skills of the patient before the brain injury were exceptional and unique; the new conditions of the patient after the brain injury are also exceptional and unique but different, with a high level of plasticity. Thus, neuropsychological rehabilitation must pursue the construction of a new personal reality and new neurocognitive functioning, starting with the patient's new conditions. In fact, there is no limit to how far a patient may go. No one is the same after a traumatic accident, even when there is no brain injury; therefore, it is less likely someone will be the same after a severe and direct accident to the brain.

Nothing in brain injury rehabilitation is reversible or irreversible; it all depends on the goals of the rehabilitation. Through neuropsychological rehabilitation, the outcome can be a new combination of traits that make up the person, possibly with some better adaptability and social functioning than before and probably with the same basic characteristics as before. We cannot forget that, in nature, some amount of change is predictable. Because rehabilitation tries to achieve a new neuropsychological understanding (coherence) of the patient, the person's initial psychological condition should not become an objective. Instead, a new direction, where neurocognitive entropy after a brain injury takes precedence, should become the goal of rehabilitation.

This book deals with these principles as a whole to offer the professional a framework of realistic information necessary in order to begin the successful treatment of patients with brain injury.

In planing (sic) neuropsychological rehabilitation, the neuropsychologist must know comprehensively the fundamentals of this discipline. In order to set a plan of action, neuropsychologists must know the context in which they are going to develop the neuropsychological program of treatment. The history and the culture of each nation or state, in terms of healthcare, will considerably affect the type of treatment that can be offered. For example, a treatment plan in a European country with a national healthcare system will differ from the plan in a country where healthcare is privatized. In the first case, treatment is usually paid for by the government, and, therefore, techniques, procedures, and professionals available are limited by funding and budgets. n the second case, resources will depend on the income level of the patient.

In addition, neuropsychological rehabilitation can be planned using different models. Neuropsychologists must be clear about which model they are using. There are models centered on the patient and models centered on the illness; each one suggests different strategies, methods, procedures, and needs. Likewise, the role played by the neuropsychological and neuroimaging assessment is fundamental in order to choose the rehabilitation model. Neuropsychologists and the directors of the centers where they work must, in a like manner, know the efficiency of the treatments they apply and have the appropriate techniques to evaluate the rehabilitation program. All these elements are reviewed in the first part of this book.

The second part of the book offers chapters focused on different types of treatments that can be applied simultaneous with or in the absence of neuropsychological rehabilitation. These chapters cover the role of the neuropsychologist in intensive care, during coma or persistent vegetative state, in gene therapy, in neural transplants, etc. Neuropharmacological treatment following brain injury, the problems that arise in treating post-traumatic epilepsy, and the rehabilitation of sleeping disorders are also considered. Good and effective neuropsychological rehabilitation cannot be developed if it is not started before or developed simultaneously with a physical rehabilitation program. It is important to realize that neuropsychologists have and can develop a role throughout the treatment continuum.

The third part of this book focuses on rehabilitation of the different cognitive processes that can be affected by a brain injury. All are of special interest because, for so long, it was believed that the only way to manage these limitations was through compensation, especially in organic memory deficit and post-traumatic aphasia.

The fourth part of this book discusses frequently overlooked topics having to do with the treatment of patients with brain injury. Personality disorders, affective disorders, suicide attempts, and violent behavior are aspects that neuropsychologists have to treat with their best tools, knowledge, and touch. Because the ultimate goal of rehabilitation is a return to society, a number of chapters are dedicated to training for social skills and rehabilitation for employment, leisure activities and community inclusion.

Finally, the book considers special topics such as brain injury in children and the problems of returning to school. In the United States, TBI is the largest killer and disabler of children, thus impacting one's lifelong experience. Teachers, parents, and neuropsychologists have to understand specific models and strategies to respond to these students' educational, family, and social needs. The book also considers patients with special needs, for example, the growing Hispanic population in the United States. Of great interest to a variety of medical practitioners will be the concluding chapter on the economic and legal aspects of neuropsychological rehabilitation. ..................

Jose Leon-Carrion, Facultad de Psicologia, Universidad de Seville

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