4 out of 4 stars
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How My Brain Works by Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin is a short book written to explain the use of a clinical practice called neuropsychological evaluation to help people understand their brain's state. The reader would know if their brain is functioning correctly and any lingering effects from brain trauma and injury.
It is not, as it would seem, an explanation of how the brain works.
The book achieves something many medical books lack — explaining medical practices and terms in simple language. It is straightforward and useful to a wide range of readers. The ideal readers include people who are merely curious about the subject, people who are having problems with cognitive functions, or people whose loved ones are experiencing brain problems. Also, physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, community case coordinators, and people who are in some way responsible for the care and treatment of people who are intellectually disabled would find this book helpful.
It is a veritable guide for anyone confused and anxious about a sudden mental deterioration. Not only does it point towards the ways of finding out what is wrong, but it also gives useful and practical advice for handling such situations and solutions to some of the most common ones.
This book clears some doubts surrounding common issues like menopause, memory complaints, and old age. It also manages to provide hope for people experiencing such problems, assuring them that these things can be managed, if not treated.
There are many references for verification and further study, which give the book a touch of authenticity. The reader's mind is put even further at ease with the relatable experiences and stories.
Through this book, the author shows that there need not be so much confusion and uncertainty surrounding brain problems. She believes these issues can be understood through tests carried out by a skilled clinician and can be adequately managed by cooperating with the primary care physician, family members, workplace, and other people involved to make things as easy as possible.
For people who have not been diagnosed with any brain problems, but who wish to preserve their brain functions for as long as possible, the book's second part provides tips and advice to maintain a healthy brain. Most of the solutions are cost-effective and do not take much time. It also guarantees happier lives, being beneficial not only for the brain but also for the entire body. The author's thoughtfulness in writing an all-inclusive book is what I like most about this book — there's something for everyone.
The book was professionally edited; I found only a few errors in it. I give it four out of four stars as there was nothing to dislike about this timely and exceptionally written book. Everyone needs to read a book like this; it offers great lessons.
How My Brain Works
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