A collection of amazing case histories of patients with baffling symptoms andbehaviors that occur when something goes wrong with the complex interwork...moreA collection of amazing case histories of patients with baffling symptoms andbehaviors that occur when something goes wrong with the complex interworkings of the brain and nervous system. A neurologist recounts some of his most extraordinary cases and reflects on how recent developments in neurology are shedding new light on the behaviour disorders of people in the past - what happened when Toscanini lost control of his orchestra? Did Mao Tse Tung have Parkinson's Disease? and don't eat chickling peas.(less)
Did not think I would like this book as Martin mentioned "God" in every paragraph on the first page though it is labeled as a "Christian" book I plugg...moreDid not think I would like this book as Martin mentioned "God" in every paragraph on the first page though it is labeled as a "Christian" book I plugged on... It got better and found I couldn't put it down. I learned a fair bit about wood and boat building which was interesting, the main character having a "teacher" type voice which some people may find annoying. The main subject is cardiac problems and while it did refresh my anatomy knowledge there were some points the author should have researched properly I felt. Though I am probably being picky. I cried and held my breath at times...I wondered at the chances of surviving the end chapter disasters but it was still a good read.
3 and a half stars. Kamran Nazeer with high functioning autism, writes about his journey to seek out people that he went to a "special school for chil...more3 and a half stars. Kamran Nazeer with high functioning autism, writes about his journey to seek out people that he went to a "special school for children with autism" with during his childhood. He seeks to find out what happened to them and how they have fared since and to compare his own progress. He only manages to track down a mere handful before his trip and so the book is divided into sections of their respective histories and current lifestyles. One of his childhood friends didn't make it - Elizabeth committed suicide. One did a prison stint for extreme violence and now talks with puppets when he cannot communicate. The others Nazeer tracked down led relatively normal lives with some success & happiness often breaking new ground living lives not thought possible since "Rain Man". Nazeer has some interesting thoughts about conversation and language and theory of mind that are worth reading and discussing further. He also believes that many people with Autism can "get better" and improve dramatically with the right intervention and help. This is his first book and he intends to get an Autism Bus together with another friend and travel around the country and find the other people from his "special school".
If you are new to autism either having a child recently diagnosed or yourself, this book isn't a good introduction to the subject. It will make you confused because Nazeer is so high functioning, writes well and has great insight. It does offer however, hope to parents and those diagnosed that the word "autism" is not a sentence but a beginning.
Here and there Nazeem seemed to lose the narrative a bit in his explanations of what a certain situation reminded him of. Or at least I felt in some places editing could have been tighter or made clearer with chapter sub-headings. That's my only gripe.