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Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber: Exploring the Effect of Anxiety on Our Brains and Our Culture
Are you bombarded by a constant media feed of global terrorism, war, and rising unemployment rates—and by a mind-numbing array of ads that urge you to “ask your doctor” about the newest anti-anxiety medications? If it sometimes feels as if this country is having a collective anxiety attack, then you won’t be surprised to learn that more than 19 million Americans suffer fro ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Crown Publications
(first published 2004)
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I should have paid more attention to the small shrift in the title of "Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber : Exploring the Effect of Anxiety on Our Brains and Our Culture" by Richard Restak. Generally, the book is Neither about Poe Nor about Mountain Climbers. IT IS ABOUT ANXIETY and is heavily geared toward scientific enthusiasts and/or medical students. I seriously believe that if an anxiety suffering patient picks up this book by the time he/she reaches the end, he/she would've experienced a ...more
Just okay. Unfortunately, neuroscience outdated this book became extremely quickly--and while some sections were livelier than others, I found the stream of animal experiments (and the WEIRD never-ending apologies about animal testing) a little tiresome.
Good book if you are actually Anxious and need help on that front. It is a OK book from the standpoint of the brain science. If you are not at all dealing with the issue of anxiety you might hate the book. It is sort of a balance of theory and practical advice. Like going to the doctor. :)
Richard M. Restak M.D. is an award-winning neuroscientist, neuropsychiatrist and writer. The best-selling author of nineteen acclaimed books about the brain, he has also penned dozens of articles for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. A fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and ...moreMore about Richard Restak...