The Second Brain: The Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct & a Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach & Intestine Paperback – 25 November 1999
- Publisher : HarperCollins US; HarperPerennial ed edition (25 November 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060930721
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 1.93 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 61,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In The Second Brain, Gershon makes a persuasive, impassioned and, at times, downright lyrical case...the book succeeds in presenting an often grim and complex topic in a surprisingly witty and engaging manner."--Jacqueline Boone, The New York Times Book Review
"Persuasive, impassioned... hopeful news [for those] suffering from functional bowel disease."--New York TimesBook Review
From the Back Cover
Dr. Michael Gershon has devoted his career to understanding the human bowel (the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, and colon). His thirty years of research have led to an extraordinary rediscovery: nerve cells in the gut that act as a brain. This second brain can control our gut all by itself. Our two brains -- the one in our head and the one in our bowel -- must cooperate. If they do not, then there is chaos in the gut and misery in the head -- everything from butterflies to cramps, from diarrhea to constipation. Dr. Gershon's work has led to radical new understandings about a wide range of gastrointestinal problems including gastroenteritis, nervous stomach, and irritable bowel syndrome. The Second Brain represents a quantum leap in medical knowledge and is already benefiting patients whose symptoms were previously dismissed as neurotic or it's all in your head.
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He really is a bad writer and you need to wade through his brilliant career, his great breakthrough, how generous he has been to junior colleagues and long detours about his colleagues and protegees (all brilliant).When you get through the meanderings and get to the subject of the book, you find yourself drowning in a sea of jargon. Perhaps the worse aspect is his style: replete with classical references (how well read am I) and misfiring jokiness. For insomniacs only. Which is a shame because there could be a good book in there . If only Mr Gershon had found the right editor.
I have a degree in neurobiology and found it hard going!