Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology
Broks (Paul)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Amazon Book1 Description

  1. Hardback: Paul Broks draws on his 15 years as a neuropsychologist to present a narrative about memory and personal identity. Macabre yet humane, unsettling but affecting, he writes about the experiences of his patients, and his experience as their psychologist. The stories are those of ordinary people whose extraordinary illnesses have much to say to everyone about who and what we are2. They are also about chance, compassion, human fallibility and eccentricity.
  2. Paperback: Paul Broks draws on his long experience as a neuropsychologist to create a unique mosaic of neurological tales, metaphysical parables and autobiographical reflections. Interspersing real life stories with speculative fictions, Into the Silent Land describes ordinary people whose extraordinary situations have much to teach us about chance, compassion and human resilience in the face of adversity. It is a book that penetrates the reader's imagination and lingers in the memory long after the final page.

Inside Cover Blurb
  1. Into the Silent Land marks the debut of an astonishing new voice. Paul Broks draws on his long experience as a neuropsychologist to create a unique mosaic of neurological tales, metaphysical parables and autobiographical reflections.
  2. Paul Broks writes about his patients - and his experiences as their doctor - with sensitivity and honesty. Interspersing real life stories with speculative fictions, he introduces us to
    • Jeanie, who thinks she is dead;
    • the egg shell boy, whose personality was shattered when he fell down a lift shaft;
    • Michael, whose personality is transformed for the better by illness; and
    • Naomi, the young woman facing surgery to correct the seizures that bedevil her life.
    The resulting narratives are often unsettling but always deeply humane.
  3. Into the Silent Land describes ordinary people whose extraordinary situations have much to teach us about chance, compassion and human resilience in the face of adversity. It is a book that penetrates the reader's imagination and lingers in the memory long after the final page.

Contents
  1. Swallowing the Dark
    • Different Lives – 3
    • The Space behind the Face – 17
    • The Seahorse and the Almond – 22
    • The Sword of the Sun – 39
    • Soul in a Bucket – 42
    • In the Theatre – 57
    • A-Z – 65
    • The Mirror – 67
    • The Visible Man – 71
  2. The Spark in the Stone
    • I Think Therefore I Am Dead – 89
    • Vodka and Saliva – 105
    • Body Art – 114
    • The Story of Einstein's Brain – 117
    • Articles of Faith – 123
    • Right This Way, Smiles a Mermaid – 132
  3. No Water, No Moon
    • The Ghost Tree (1) – 147
    • The Ghost Tree (2) – 158
    • The Dreams of Robert Louis Stevenson – 171
    • Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – 181
    • Mr Barrington’s Quandary – 196
    • Out of Darkness Cometh Light – 200
    • To Be Two or Not to Be – 204
    • Gulls – 226



In-Page Footnotes ("Broks (Paul) - Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology")

Footnote 1: I have the hardback edition (June 2003). I’ve not been able to check it against the paperback edition (May 2004) to see if there are any differences.


BOOK COMMENT:

Atlantic Books; 1st edition (10 Jun. 2003)



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