Title: The Brain That Changes Itself
Author: Norman Doidge
Author’s Website: NormanDoidge.com
Available at: Amazon
Dr Perera’s Rating:
The brain is perhaps the most remarkable organ of the body, and Norman Doidge reveals the incredible capacity for the brain to change and heal itself in his book, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science.
While many have thought the brain was incapable of changing, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D. reveals the newly discovered ‘neuroplasticity’ of the brain in his introduction to the subject. Prominent scientists working in the field and patients who have undergone dramatic improvements are featured.
It’s the inspiring stories of the people who have overcome mental limitations and brain trauma that leave the most lasting impressions from the book. There are learning disorders which are cured, stroke patients who regain speech and even blind people who learn to see. Throughout, Dr. Doidge shows how the brain has the ability to rewire itself and compensate for damage to parts or all of the brain.
While providing hope for those who are recovering from brain trauma or coping with mentall illness, it should be noted that these exceptional outcomes are not the typical norm. However, the fact cannot be denied that the brain is capable of changing and healing itself in ways medical science had not previously known. Further research into neuroplasticity offers hope for new treatment methods and a greater understanding of how existing treatment methods can be used to change and heal the brain.