Into the Abyss: A neuropsychiatrist's notes on troubled minds (Paperback)Prof. Anthony David (author)
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With deep compassion and impressive scholarship, neuropsychiatrist Professor Anthony David discusses a host of case studies that offer fascinating insights into endless complexity of the human mind.
We cannot know how to fix a problem until we understand its causes. But even for some of the most common mental health problems, specialists argue over whether the answers lie in the person's biology, their psychology or their circumstances.
As a cognitive neuropsychiatrist, Anthony David brings together many fields of enquiry, from social and cognitive psychology to neurology. The key for each patient might be anything from a traumatic memory to a chemical imbalance, an unhealthy way of thinking or a hidden tumour.
Patrick believes he is dead. Jennifer's schizophrenia medication helped with her voices but did it cause Parkinson's? Emma is in a coma - or is she just refusing to respond?
Drawing from Professor David's career as a clinician and academic, these fascinating case studies reveal the unique complexity of the human mind, stretching the limits of our understanding.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'David's stories are fascinating, and he does something quite remarkable with his tone. Here the obvious comparison is to the neurologist and prolific writer Oliver Sacks... Rarely have I read a book whose title is so true. Reading it was like standing on the edge of a great chasm and seeing how easily an unforeseen mishap could send any one of us tumbling in.' - The New York Times
'A deeply moving book.' - BBC Science
'The first thing that comes across from the stories is David's obvious compassion for his patients. This is typified not just by his thoughtful medical interventions and the doctor-patient conversations he recounts in vivid detail, but also by his willingness to raise hell with the relevant bureaucrats when pointless rules get in the way... David's case studies are illuminating and benefit considerably from his warm, self-deprecating style.' - Dr Stuart Ritchie, The Sunday Times
'A highly eloquent, fascinating and deeply compassionate book about the continuing mystery of mental illness and the cruel fallacy of seeing it as somehow less real and deserving than so-called physical illness.' - Henry Marsh
'I was expecting this to make my brain hurt, but I was immediately hooked on it...A witty, humane and fascinating book.' - Jo Brand
'An illuminating, thoughtful and humane encounter with the human mind. - Nathan Filer
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