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Overview

A child crashes to the ground from the monkey bars head-first. A high school student prepares for months to take the SAT. A grandmother slowly slips away from her family through the deadly progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. Whether we realize it or not, the importance of brain health to our daily lives goes far beyond just being able to walk and talk. The Dana Guide to Brain Health offers the first comprehensive home medical reference book on the brain, providing an unparalleled, authoritative guide to improving the fitness of our brains and, ultimately, enriching our lives.

With contributions from over one hundred of the most prominent scientists and clinicians in the United States, The Dana Guide to Brain Health is an extensive and wholly accessible manual on the workings of the human brain. This richly illustrated volume contains a wealth of facts and advice, on simple yet effective ways to take care of our brains; the intimate connection between brain health and body health; brain development from the prenatal period through adulthood; and how we learn, remember, and imagine.

The brain is far too important to be excluded any longer from our daily health concerns. The Dana Guide to Brain Health remedies this oversight with a clearly written, definitive map to our brains that reveals how we can take care of them in order to sustain a long and rich life.

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Editorial Reviews

Psychology Today
“If your interest in the brain is [practical], this encyclopedic family guide will tell you everything you need to know.”
—Psychology Today
Steven J. Hyman
"I long have wanted a reference on the brain to which I could refer the educated lay reader who has questions arising either from curiosity about this most fascinating of topics, or, as is often the case, from the illness of a friend or family member."—Steven E. Hyman, MD, Provost, Harvard University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932594102
  • Publisher: Dana Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2006
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 744
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Floyd E. Bloom is the former chairman of the Department of Neuropharmacology at the Scripps Research Institute in California, a past chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the former editor-in-chief of Science. M. Flint Beal is neurologist-in-chief of the New York Presbyterian Hospital and chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. David J. Kupfer is the Thomas Detre Professor and chairman of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

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Table of Contents

Using Our Heads: A Foreword by William Safire
Introduction:  Welcome to Your Brain
How to Read this Book
Contributors
Your Brain: A Primer
 
Part I.  Understanding Your Brain
1.  How to Think About the Brain
2.  How We Know: Learning the Secrets of the Brain
3.  Basic Brain Care:  Protecting Your Mental Capital
4.  The Brain-Body Loop
 
Part II.  Your Brain Through Life
5.  Prenatal Development
6.  Brain Development in Childhood
7.  The Adolescent Brain
8.  The Brain in Adult Life and Normal Aging
 
Part III.  The Healthy Brain
9.  The Body Manager
  B1  The Major Senses: Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell, and Touch
  B2  Body Regulation
  B3  Basic Drives: Eating, Sleeping, and Sex
  B4  Movement, Balance, and Coordination
  B5  Pain Perception
  B6  Consciousness
 
10.  Emotions and Social Function
  B7  Emotions
  B8  Inhibition and Control
  B9  Temperament
  B10  Attention and Motivation
 
11.  Learning, Thinking, and Remembering
  B11  Decision Making and Planning
  B12  Intelligence
  B13  Learning and Memory
  B14  Speech, Language, and Reading
  B15  Visualization and Navigation
  B16  Creativity, Talents, and Skills
 
Part IV.  Conditions of the Brain and Nervous System
 
12.  Conditions That Appear in Childhood
  C1  Dyslexia
  C2  Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  C3  Mental Retardation
  C4  Cerebral Palsy
  C5  Autism
  C6  Metabolic Diseases
  C7  Neurofibromatosis
  C8  Hydrocephalus
  C9  Spina Bifida
  C10  Tumors of Childhood
 
13.  Disorders of the Senses and Body Function
  C11  Sleep Disorders
  C12  Narcolepsy
  C13  Epilepsy and Seizures
  C14  Dizziness and Vertigo
  C15  Seeing Problems
  C16  Hearing Problems
  C17  Smelling and Tasting Problems
  C18  Autonomous Disorders
  C19  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
 
14.  Emotional and Control Disorders
  C20  Depression
  C21  Anxiety and Panic
  C22  Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)
  C23  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  C24  Bipolar Disorder
  C25  Schizophrenia
  C26  Borderline Personality Disorder
  C27  Eating Disorders
  C28  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  C29  Substance Abuse and Addiction
  C30  Alcoholism
  C31  Violence and Aggression
  C32  Suicidal Feelings
 
15.  Infectious and Autoimmune Disorders
  C33  Multiple Sclerosis
  C34  Shingles/Herpes Zoster
  C35  Neurological Complications of AIDS
  C36  Lyme Disease
  C37  Meningitis
  C38  Viral Encephalitis
  C39  Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
  C40  Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
 
16.  Disorder of Movement and Muscles
  C41  Parkinson's Disease
  C42  Parkinsonism Plus
  C43  Tremors
  C44  Dystonia, Spasms, and Cramps
  C45  Tourette's Syndrom and Tics
  C46  Ataxia
  C47  Huntington's Disease
  C48  Peripheral Neuropathy
  C49  Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  C50  Bell's Palsy
  C51  Myopathies
  C52  Myasthenia Gravis
  C53  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
 
17.  Pain
  C54  Headache
  C55  Migraines
  C56  Back Pain and Disk Disease
  C57  Chronic Pain
  C58  Trigeminal Neuralgia
 
18.  Nervous System Injuries
  C59  Ischemic Stroke
  C60  Hemorrhagic Stroke
  C61  Brain Trauma, Concussion, and Coma
  C62  Spinal Cord Injury
  C63  Paraneoplastic Syndromes
  C64  Brain Tumors
  C65  Nutritional Disorders
  C66  Chemicals and the Nervous System
 
19.  Disorders of Thinking and Remembering
  C67  Alzheimer's Disease
  C68  Amnesias
  C69  Dementia
  C70  Trouble with Speech and Language
  C71  Apraxias
  C72  Agnosias
 
Glossary
 
Appendix A:  Drugs Used to Treat the Brain and Nervous System
Appendix B:  Suggested Reading
Appendix C:  Resource Groups
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
The European Dana Alliance for the Brain
About the Editors
Index

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