Over My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out

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Locked inside a brain-injured head looking out at a challenging world is the premise of this extraordinary autobiography. Over My Head is an inspiring story of how one woman comes to terms with the loss of her identity and the courageous steps (and hilarious missteps) she takes while learning to rebuild her life. The author, a 45-year-old doctor and clinical professor of medicine, describes the aftermath of a brain injury eleven years ago which stripped her of her beloved profession. For years she was deprived of...

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Over My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out

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Overview

Locked inside a brain-injured head looking out at a challenging world is the premise of this extraordinary autobiography. Over My Head is an inspiring story of how one woman comes to terms with the loss of her identity and the courageous steps (and hilarious missteps) she takes while learning to rebuild her life. The author, a 45-year-old doctor and clinical professor of medicine, describes the aftermath of a brain injury eleven years ago which stripped her of her beloved profession. For years she was deprived of her intellectual companionship and the ability to handle the simplest undertakings like shopping for groceries or sorting the mail. Her progression from confusion, dysfunction, and alienation to a full, happy life is told with restraint, great style, and considerable humor.

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Library Journal
10/01/2013
A riveting personal account of TBI, from a physician whose brain injury went undiagnosed, provides an intimate look at brain injury and recovery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740705984
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Until her injury in July 1988, Claudia L. Osborn taught and practiced internal medicine in a busy inner-city Detroit hospital. A graduate of Vassar College and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, she is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at MSU, and makes her home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    Thank you! For helping me through this...

    I am now 9 months into the rehabilitation process after a TBI. I am 31 and was a teacher for students with visual impairements. Before this book was recommended to me, by my Speech Therapist, I was afraid that...'this is as good as it gets'. Yes, there may be a chance that I won't teach again...but I once again feel I will educate people in one accpect or another! I now have hope, new strategies to better get through the day and the relief of knowing that I am not the only one who sometimes puts their shoes on before their pants! I laughed, I cried and shared so many passages with friends and family. I believed it opened both my eyes and those of my loved ones. Thank you Claudia for sharing your roller coaster ride!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2007

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    I am a TBI survior and found this book very helpful. Dr. Osborn gives us the full view of what it is like to life with a TBI everyday and how we have to learn to overcome the many daily activites of our life. This book is a must for anyone with TBI and their family members and friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005

    Insightful

    A wonderful read for anyone remotely interested in the subject of TBI. The author is brilliantly insightful about her condition and the struggle of recovering from a TBI. As a member of the medical profession, I found this book informative, interesting, and touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Excellent Book

    Dr. Osborn tells a remarkable story of her life post-TBI. This is highly recommended for head injury survivors and those who love them and want to understand how their injury has changed them. Her account of navigating typical early-morning routines and then the streets of Manhattan is eye-opening and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Living with TBI/ABI

    Dr. Osborn's account of post-brain injury rehab from the patient's point of view, combined with some of the perspectives of her family and friends is an invaluable resource for anyone who has experienced traumatic brain injury or acquired brain injury (stroke, etc.), and for people who live with a survivor. Osborn managed to record what so many survivors and their caregivers can't find the words to express.

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