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The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience Paperback – 1 March 2019
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'The Nocturnal Brain combines two of my favorite things – humanity and medical science. Dr Leschziner weaves wonderful stories that highlight how sleep disorders affect the lives and health of patients and their families. Along the way we are guided into the fantastic science of sleep. What a wonderful journey!' -- Meir Kryger MD FRCPC, Professor, Yale University, author of Mystery of Sleep
'Casebooks of neurological disorders are often strange and wonderful, but this one is special. Guy Leschziner is a consultant neurologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’s who specialises in sleep problems. And his patients experience the most extraordinary things…' ― Sunday Times Culture
‘The Nocturnal Brain will not promise to cure your insomnia, but it does make for an entertaining and thought-provoking bedtime read.’ ― The Guardian
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK; Export/Airside edition (1 March 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471176363
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471176364
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 94,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He does this by mixing case-studies from his own clinical practice with detailed sections explaining the neurotransmitter imbalances and lesions to the brain that are at the root of sleeping disorders.
The disorders range from the irritating (restless leg syndrome) to serious (narcolepsy) to the bizarre (sexsomnia). All all told with a wealth of detail and human interest that makes the book a page-turner.
The neuroscientific sections are not for the faint of heart. I’ve read a lot of popular science on neurology and had trouble keeping straight all the different brain regions and neurotransmitters relevant to sleep abnormalities.
But the examples from clinical practice well balance the more technical sections and all in all make for an engaging read.
I would even go further and say this is an important book. For too long sleep disorders have been clouded by Freudian psychoanalytic babble. Understanding their neurological basis is sure to help the large swath of the population who encounter a sleep disorder at some point in their lives.
An essential read for all who want to understand the workings of their own brain via the mechanisms behind sleep disorders. Guaranteed to not make oneself fall asleep while reading.
One of the rare books that adds something genuinely novel to popular scientific literature. Highly recommended.