Recent Reading

Like all books by Oliver Sacks, this autobiography is a fascinating read.  Sacks discusses many of his most famous cases (e.g., Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat) and provides several personal insights coming from a well-lived life.

For anyone who’s read about the case of Henry Molaison (i.e., H.M), Patient H.M. is a must read. Luke Dittrich provides some thought-provoking, sometimes controversial, takes on this famous case. Most surprising is the post-mortem neurohistology undertaken by Dr. Jacopo Annese and others at the Institute for Brain and Society, during which they uncovered prefrontal cortex damage that could significantly disrupt our understanding of Henry’s lesion and his memory impairments.

A solid take on the personal toll severe anxiety can take on an individual’s life, Monkey Mind, by Daniel Smith, walks the reader through the beginning, middle, and continuance on Daniel’s anxiety. The book provides great first-hand descriptions of the disorder, while maintaining a sense of humor. A fun, informative read.

Trouble in Mind, by Jenni Ogden, provides a discussion of a variety of neuropsychological case studies – including aphasia, hemispherectomy, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more. Ogden’s firsthand experience working with these individuals makes for an informative and engaging read. My preference, however, remains to be Ogden’s previous book, Fractured Minds, which provides a more in-depth examination of the same disorders discussed in Trouble in Mind.