The Bottom Line
- Provides a good basic understanding of many neurological functions.
- Uses language that's understandable by people with basic scientific knowledge.
- Includes fascinating details that are sure to delight my fellow neurology geeks.
- The tone is light, conversational and often humorous.
- Increases understanding of neurological illness.
- Doesn't specifically discuss fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Language may be too complicated for some.
- The dust cover is black with white lettering and a picture of a white brain.
- The book is small enough to be easily held.
- Some chapters are very long, but they're broken up into smaller sections.
Guide Review - Book Review: The Other Brain, by R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D.
It might seem strange for this review to appear on a website devoted to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome since it doesn't specifically address either condition. However, as someone who's fascinated and possibly a bit obsessed with neurology and neurological illness, I have to say it's one of the most interesting things I've ever read.
If you want to really understand the process of re-uptake, which is central to many of the drugs prescribed for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome; if you want to gain a better understanding of the blood brain barrier and the brain's specialized immune system; if you want to know how scientists have figured out so much of what happens inside our brains, or why they haven't figured out more, this is a book for you.
I would also recommend this book to people interested in degenerative neurological diseases (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease), brain cancer, mental illness or spinal-cord injury.
Dr. Fields writes with an energy and enthusiasm that clearly show his love of the topic.