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Tacking on the Styx: An Epileptic Sails the Facts, Fiction and Philosophy of a Mental Illness

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As only a patient can, the author brings the social, cognitive, and physical trials of epilepsy to the reader, braiding medical essays with a fictional adventure.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Authorhouse
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Emm C²
Tacking on the Styx is a fascinating and unabashed look at epilepsy and cognition, unique from your usual psychology book in that it is also intertwined with both memoir and a fiction narrative, so a richer, more empathetic understanding and sense of individuality can be gained as you also learn more about epilepsy and neurology of the brain.

Can I say first that Tacking on the Styx is ridiculously in-depth. It could well be the definitive book on epilepsy. The narrative benefits the medical text
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Mark Lages
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A masterful approach to discussing epilepsy, weaving an entertaining fiction adventure in with a series of non-fiction essays. I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about a subject about which I really had no previous knowledge.
Al Macy
Jeffrey Hatcher's Tacking on the Styx is an incredible novel that succeeds on two levels. First, it's a suspenseful story that follows the life of a Mr. Edgar Thomas Meyerhold, a man stricken with epilepsy as a graduate student. Complete with unexpected plot twists and romantic subplots, the tale holds your attention from beginning to end.

Without detracting from the pull of the story, the book also succeeds on another level: It gives the reader an intimate understanding of how it might feel to b
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Jeffrey Hatcher
Jul 09, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I authored this book for several audiences. First and foremost, I want to connect to college and medical students who can step back from their exam preparation. As my title suggests, I want to see a reclassification of epilepsy back to a mental illness. What brain pathologies have no mental component to them? Psychologists and psychiatrists have reclassified epilepsy probably as much out of professional insecurity as any scientifically sound reason. The psych community needs a massive re-enlistm ...more
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My rating criteria are below, but reviews are always more meaningful.

1 star - Doorstop material. No discernable useful message. Not entertaining. Often vulgar to no useful end.

2 star - If it's fiction, it's a good airport lobby read. If it's nonfiction, it probably suffers from some significant flaw. Perhaps it may be poorly researched but not necessarily. It may have a good or even valuable messa
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