E information and the knowledge that it is supposed to mean something but it never resolves into cognition makes the experience that much bewildering When I think about my migraine induced aphasia which happens at worst a few times a year and try to think of that level of cognitive ifficulty as a aily constant it puts Elliot s experience into rather frightening perspective The treatment Elliot finally finds and its ultimate results are as striking as his terrible symptoms He comes into contact with Donalee Markus PhD a practitioner of clinically applied neuroscience who is the first practitioner medical or otherwise who is able to see his cognitive eficiencies as something treatable Her approach is to give Elliot a series of increasingly ifficult exercises and puzzles to complete all aimed at retraining his brain s cognitive processes She also introduces Elliot to a colleague Deborah Zelinsky an optometrist with a specialty in something called neuro optometric rehabilitation In truth it is Zelinsky s method that provides the biggest surprise of the book As Elliot goes to great lengths to try to explain and not always accessibly enough there is a complex relationship between the body s visual input system visual and crucially non visual receptors in the eye and the brain s processing of sight thought balance and even hearing Zelinsky uses a mix of visual tests and specialized lenses to etermine how light is Handbook of Kidney Transplantation directed into the eyes which subseuently affects how the signals captured by the eye are processed by the brain It seems that the most astonishing improvements that Elliot experiences come from the series of specialized lenses that Zelinsky outfits him with he begins calling them his Magic Glasses And the results really are remarkable He is able too things effortlessly that for at least eight years he has only been able to Safe Word is Devils Snare do with greatifficulty if at all Elliot s story should offer a great Hard as You Can (Hard Ink, deal of hope to anyone struggling with traumatic brain injury and in today s era of athletic concussions and wartime traumatic brain injury theseevelopments come not a moment too soonSo there is a lot that is fascinating in the book but there are also some troubling elements to the story as well For example Elliot s friends and family Sylvan Summer Smart Workbook do not come off very well in his retelling at all The examples of theisabling effects of his concussion injury seem to be omnipresent in his life and yet his wife and children his students and colleagues and all but one friend seem to be either utterly unaware of his Trial of Temepl Anneke difficulties or carelessly indifferent to his struggles However given how Elliot talks about himself throughout the book as extraordinarily intelligent talented and capable repeatedly referring to himself as a single parent and as responsible for the financial support of up to ten people it s impossible to tell whether that is a true reflection of how his family and friends acted toward him or simply the words of a man who is inordinately focused on himself It isifficult to align certain elements of his story for example he seems to have very obvious episodes having to A Parliament of Bodies (The Maradaine Constabulary, do with balance and coordination and yet everyone in his world apparently thinks it s fine for him to be the sole caretaker of a pre school child Also I m mystified by his apparent failure to provide even a broad brush explanation to others for his outwardly bizarre behavior For instance he seriously alienates a neighbor when the neighbor pulls up to the curb when Elliot is outside playing catch with his son and speaks to him about something all while the neighbor s car is making some high pitched noise For Elliot the noise is so unbearable that he literallyrops to the ground and covers his ears leaving the neighbor to repeat himself uselessly then Mom is Pregnant; A Short Story of Incest and Pregnancy drive off in frustration Elliot later laments the broken relationship with the neighbor which just makes you wonder why heidn t simply go over to the neighbor s house later and apologize explaining that he had an injury that left him sensitive to certain sounds For that matter it s hard to imagine that anyone could be talking to someone normally then see that person clamp his hands over his ears and The Diary of Dolly Lunt Burge, 1848-1879 drop into a fetal position and not jump out of the car to offer assistance but ratherrive away angry as the neighbor Women Scientists in America does in Elliot s retelling Mostisturbing of all is the fact that #not only Johns Hopkins did elliot continue torive his # only Harms Way did Elliot continue torive his car throughout his entire post concussion life but he also Early Greek Myth defends to thisay his A Story of Yhwh decision torive The very first chapter escribes a particularly evening when after teaching a 3
hour university lecture Elliot takes and a half hours to go own university lecture Elliot takes three and a half hours to go Beijing Jeep down the street from the 6th floor of a university building and walk five and a half blocks to his car After another hour and a half of rest in the car herives 30 minutes home and then it takes him another hour to walk from the curb to his front Graphical Methods for Data Analysis door He is so incapacitated by his brain injury that the cognitive load of the task at the end of a longay has him literally crawling on all fours to his office in the building after his class and almost literally has him freeze in place when he can t cognitively manage the walk across a one block park in frigid snowy Chicago to get to his car He is nearly undone by the effort to put the car key in the lock and then maneuver himself into the car And yet he wants us to believe he was fine to Iraq drive Heefends himself mightily in the book about riving although he mainly oes it in a footnote which seems another attempt to minimize his terrible choice There would be no shame him saying something to the effect of At the time I thought I was fine to Spartan drive but now in retrospect I can t believe Iid that But shockingly it seems that even at the point of writing the book he is completely unaware of the amage to his judgment presumably caused by his brain injury That is I assume he idn t have such abysmal judgment before the crash Because anyone can see how spectacularly reckless it was for someone with his cognitive perceptive and physical limitations to Rise of the Hellion (Foxblood, drive a car or good god wield a chainsaw on a ladder thirty feet up in a tree while trying to take the treeown on his own something else he apparently thinks it was perfectly OK for him to o The fact that no catastrophe actually happened is not proof that this is OK as any scientist academician or clear eyed thinker worth his salt should be able to see Accepting for the sake of the argument that the probability of failure in taking on these angerous activities was low which I Think about Editing do not accept in fact the risk the potentialamage resulting from failure is so astronomically high a car accident that seriously injured other people or cutting off his own foot with a chainsaw that the choices he made were jawdroppingly reckless and a sign of American Legal History dangerously impaired judgment The centralilemma of the book is this no one but Elliot is capable of The Evolution of Technology describing the subjective experience of living with his extraordinary symptoms but Elliot is a particularly unreliable narrator Bottom line I think this paradox is at the heart of most of what s wrong with the book A better approach would have been to have a co author who could ground the narrative in a objective voice with sections written by Elliot himself who could provide the personal insight into the experience of traumatic brain injury that is so key to the story Nevertheless it s still an interesting book for the general reader and will surely prove essential for some who really need to hear Clark Elliot s story. D been started to re emerge Remarkably Elliott keptetailed notes throughout his experience from the moment of impact to the final stages of his recovery astounding ocumentation that is the basis of this fascinating book The Ghost in My Brain gives hope to the millions who suffer from head injuries each year and provides a uniue and informative window into the world’s most complex computational device the human brai. I had a concussion and it was interesting to learn about them Mine was not as bad as Clark s Do book editors still exist If one id for this book they would have condensed the first 240 pages into maybe 40 pages This would have helped the author not sound so pompous confused non sensical and contradictory How Ethan Marcus Stands Up does a person go from barely able to walk and speak to raising a 2 year old child Those areemands that cant be half way metThe author spent too much time trying to convince me of their high functioning and superior intellect and then the extremity of their symptoms The result was not very convincing the situations end up not ringing true I Matti In the Wallet don t think Ioubt the seriousness and severity of the conseuences of the concussion but I Raised in Captivity do have trouble marrying that with fathering and raising a child with no help while working full time and building a homeHere is another example the author suddenly reveals that hisoctor is aware and concerned about his family history of ADD This was mentioned nowhere in the prior 250 pages not even a side note Suddenly it seems it is the focus of treatment I finally got to the good part of the book where the Think (Ars Lamina) Level 2 Workbook diagnosis wasescribed But even here I was Two Brothers, One Tail disappointed in the lack of accessibleetail At points the Woman Much Missed descriptions were too clinical at other points too general I understand that colored glasses helped but whyoes color matter There was a better Why Americas Top Pundits Are Wrong description of why the lenses shaping made aifference And what was the point of all the Citizen Cain drawing exercises what was being exercised and whyoes this work More reviews at TheBibliophagecomDr Clark Elliott s medical memoir The Ghost in My Brain is one of the best I ve read Elliott who is a PhD teaching Artificial Intelligence in Chicago Trail of Secrets describes the effects of a concussion like nothing else I ve seen Toiscuss the resulting book and it s How to Train a Cowboy descriptions as impressive is only part of the story Once you read howamaged Elliott s brain was you ll be stunned he was able to write such a cogent and compelling bookI have a One Special Moment dear friend who s experienced a number of severe concussions She has a hard time explaining how it feels to live with this condition Now I can put this book in her hands and say I think I understand The neglect misdiagnosis and ignorance of medical professionals is also central to Elliott s story As heescribes the A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain daunting challenges of eachay he continues to try to get help solving the Watch for Me by Moonlight (The Midnight Twins, damage to his brain Year after year passes with no help from neurological specialists Finally Elliott and an assistant find a potential solution This reminded me again that patients have to keep pushing for answers Despite all that we hear about concussions the actual treatment methods are buried under misunderstanding and obfuscationElliottescribes in The Mommy Makeover detail his process of recovery I rejoiced along with him Not just because I can empathize but because he illustrates the gains with such fervor I am amazed at how far he was able to come in returning to wholeness Okay I m fangirling I ll stopIf you re interested in brain plasticity and medical stories this is a superb book I consider it right up there with Brain on Fire My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan The writing style is clear The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives despite including some medical terminology Elliott focuses on his experience with some brain science on the side which makes it eminently readable I listened to the audiobook read by Arthur Morey who has a pleasant tone and strong grasp on the content I highly recommend it I received this book as an advance copy in exchange for a review from VikingOften when I read nonfiction books that have to simplify concepts in science those with formal academic training in thatiscipline complain that it is too oversimplified or in the worst case scenario wrong I have abbled in neuroscience in my training as a Psychologist and I am happy to report that this book takes on a giant topic and makes it accessible to the general public It was
not a light read and not for when I had worked all ay but Dr Elliott tries to a light read and not for when I had worked all ay but Dr Elliott tries to things *AS CONCRETE AS POSSIBLE WHEN EXPLAINING *concrete as possible when explaining function and how interruptions to brain function ruin one s ability to make it from A to B in the same way Also before one gets to the last third where the fascinating healing process is explained and Dr Elliot is brought back to himself this book can be very epressing He suffers profound The Palliser Novels disability for years and has to maintain a previously high functioning life that would be taxing for a normal person I am not sure I would have made it through the previous two thirds without knowing that the last third would be about recoveryI work some with children on the autistic spectrum and some of theeficits that he articulates overlap with how children on the spectrum struggle with meeting every Men And Gods In Mongolia dayemands too While I am empathic to Dr Elliott s struggles I feel lucky that he is able to impart so clearly what living with brain Hunter Killer (Pike Logan damage is really like to help us to generate empathy andevelop interventions to assist in functioning Increased understanding always leads to better outcomes I wonder how the neuroplasticity work that he Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, does to heal would affect children on the spectrum Also heoes exercises that ameliorate his slight attentional The Friend Zone deficits which would be great to be able to give to children who suffer from this condition as well The brain is a magical thingThe book is well written clear and informative It tackles a huge subject and makes it relatable It is inspiring to think about some of the cognitive work and healing that can beone with eficits that we previously felt we have to medicate and cope withIf you like this review and would like to see or would like me to consider your
WORK FOR REVIEW PLEASE SEE MYfor review please see my at wwwdonovanreadscom Thanks to Viking Books for this opportunity Don t let the title fool you This was written for the express purpose of the author telling you how smart he iswas While I on t Alpha (Shifters, doubt that this guy had the symptoms that heescribes I am not so sure that they were from a minor head injury The convenience of his severe symptoms that make him unable to make a sandwich but still able to work as a professor and singlehandedly raise 6 kids is a bit preposterous How he manages to actually get married have a baby yet go no help from the wife in his process she leaves him to raise the baby himself knowing he can t even make a sandwich is not explained but he mentions his high intellect astute musical talent and athletic prowess often than he Whalerider does any specifics about brain plasticity First 23 good went off the rails after thatDespite the fact that Norman Doidge while not Daniel Amen moves further away from actual science with each new book I was willing to move past his highly enthusiastic blurb and read Dittoespite not knowing much about either Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex doctor or the claimed techniues not listed on Skeptic s Dictionary and so I read onThen near the end of the book when he talks about his personal treatment from Markus and even from Zelinsky he zooms into anecdotal and at one point even pseudoscienceThe anecdotal is his claims that vintage vinyl is flatter or whatever than CDs and of course it all sounds better through vacuum tube amps etc Well flatter really means less noise If he means the arbitrary high end freuency cutoff on CDs yes it cuts out a few overtones from some treble instruments However higher freuencies are whateteriorate first with age and I m pretty sure Clark Elliott s hearing in this range since he s around 60 has Graphic Design For Everyone deteriorated There s plenty of refutation of. Theramatic story of one man’s recovery offers new hope to those suffering from concussions and other brain traumas In 1999 Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear ended Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single ay At times he couldn’t walk across a room or even name his five child. ,
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Elliott like nonsense here is that any good DDD based CD will generally sound better than vintage vinyl It s a mix of baby boomer nostalgia for record covers and related things yes Elliott s into classical not rockpop etc that rives stuff like this Ditto for his claim vacuum tubes are better Blind tests have shown that audiophiles prefer transistorsOK so I m already skeptical enough at this pointThen Elliotlt claims that the first set of special glasses Dr Zelinsky gave him changed how he heard music EVEN WITH HIS EYES CLOSEDOK now we ve gone to the far edge of anecdotal and pushed the envelope into the edge of pseudoscienceDear PhD researcher in artificial intelligence Please provide a scientific explanation for how this could happenAll of this beyond being problematic specific to Elliott makes it look like any benefit he got from Markus and especially from Zelinsky is itself anecdotal and not scientifically Sweetland double blindedSo Prof Elliott if you re still review watching as you were a few months ago please provide links to the appropriate research 10 years ago I was involved in a terrible accident in which I experienced severe brainamage Unconscious for 3 months I a former gifted underachiever awoke to a world of confusion A world in which my humanity was gone I ve learned to control myself in order to function in the normal world and have become what is called a highly functional concussive but I m still not me Far from it This book was very well and thoughtfully written It is a must read for anyone battling with their own mental capability but for those around them as well I m currently attempting to get my family to read this book which will help them understand who I really am It has Art of Laurel and Hardy done this very thing for me AND given me a hope I ve never had The experts and therapists I ve worked with in the past had no clue their help was well intentioned but hopeless their advice based on ignorance and inflated impression of their own wisdom Something like botanists attempting to perform brain surgery This book has opened the world up to me I have a new hope and a surety that my future is still one of improvement and recovery A hope the professionals implied would end years ago The answers are not here but the hope is here in intensity In reading this book I actuallyiscovered myself Was told about the bizarre trip I ve been on Anyone who has an interest in brain functionality particularly post brain injury absolutely should read this book Simply magnificent no complexly magnificent yes Excellent memoir on what it s really like to live with concussive symptoms and how he the author was able to heal himself A Personal Account of What Suffering from a Concussion is LikeIn 1999 Clark Elliott was in a fairly minor automobile accident He had a moment of blackout but thought that his symptoms would uickly pass They Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, didn t He experienced intense pain in his skull suffered balance problems had trouble thinking for any extended period of time and suffered bouts of nausea when concentrating hard Medical professionals were unable to help him suggesting that he learn to live with his symptoms Clark is a remarkable person Heid live with his symptoms for ten years and The Intelligent Entrepreneur during that time recorded his struggle to cope and understand his problems Being a professor of artificial intelligence heescribed his symptoms in language relating to information processing Although at times his The Summer of the Ubume descriptions become a little technical he offers simplified examples so the book is easy to follow Theescriptions of how the cognitive processes in his brain appeared to work are fascinating Because his thinking speed was slowed he was able to analyze the way his brain worked to retrieve and process information Anyone interested in cognitive psychology should read this book Necessarily it is one person s experience and therefore a case study However it is a case study that suggests a number of pathways for future researchPerhaps one of the most significant sections of the book for anyone suffering from the effects of concussion is the part about his eventual successful treatment I highly recommend this to anyone suffering from concussion and looking to understand and get treatment for their symptoms I reviewed this book for the Vine Program The Ghost in My Brain is an intriguing trip through traumatic brain injury written by a university professor who suffered a severe concussion in a car accident and ealt with confoundingly ebilitating effects for years afterward until he finally serendipitously came across two specialists who had Trauma heilen developed unusual therapies that produce significant improvements in the injured brain After working with them Clark Elliot s life is completely turned around He goes from a lifeominated by his injury which limits his activity and exhausts him Developing Resilient Organizations daily to a return to his pre concussion self Elliot s story of loss and recovery is aramatic one The book however is a mixed bag On the one hand Elliot s Clean Tech, Clean Profits detailedescription of his post concussion experiences as well as the treatment program he eventually follows provides fascinating insight into how the brain works On the other hand the narrative often feels over written some episodes run on too long some GameMaker Essentials details strain credulity some sections come off a shade too self congratulatory or in other ways the story is just a bit too much to take in places In addition some of the sectionsealing with scientific explanations get a bit too technicalacademic for the average reader As a general interest book I wouldn t say it s a great read However Elliot s book will bring to a general audience some crucial information about the ability of the brain to recover from some kinds of Singing the Kyrgyz Manas damage and I am sure that for some peopleealing with the long term effects of traumatic brain injury this book could be a true life saver The symptoms that Elliot Witch Way to Murder describes are startling both in their content and in his ability to recall and retell his experiences in suchetail Evidently he took extensive notes Before The Legend documenting his post conucussion experiences as well asuring his treatment and in both cases the notes proved helpful to understanding his injury and guiding his treatment in the most helpful irection for him His symptoms are often so severe as to be effectively paralyzing as when he gets stuck *At The Top Of Staircases *the top of staircases he is cognitively unable to sort out how to go own Adding to his The Joy of Work difficulties is the fact that in many respects he remains outwardly normal or at least until he is exhausted by the extra cognitive effort it takes him too previously simple tasks at which point his facade of normality breaks Best Practices down completely To be sure I found hisescriptions of his experiences hard to believe at first But then I reflected on a strange symptom I sometimes experience in the midst of a particularly severe migraine I lose the ability to read I on t mean that it s too painful to
read that it hurts my eyes or that my head hurts too much to thinkthat it hurts my eyes or that my head hurts too much to think when I attempt to read when I attempt to look at symbols called letters arranged into words and convert those symbols into meaning in my brain the last step of that series the cognitive act is simply absent I know how ifficult it is to explain this to someone to The IKEA Edge describe it to someone It s extremelyifficult to express what this absence of cognition is It s not an absence of knowledge It s not an absence of facts It s not even the absence of the knowledge that these facts are supposed to convey some kind of meaning The fact that you can simultaneously have th. Ren Doctors told him he would never fully recover After eight years the cognitive Splish, Splash! demands of his job and of being a single parent finally became than he could manage As a result of one final effort to recover he crossed paths with two brilliant Chicago area research clinicians one a specialized optometrist the other a cognitive psychologist working on the leading edge of brain plasticity Within weeks the ghost of who he ha.