Michael Paul Mason's Head Cases is the latest contribution to the emerging genre of brain injury narratives. But unlike In an Instant and The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up, both reviewed in JAMA,1,2 which recount the respective travails of ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and a Buffalo fireman who emerged from the minimally conscious state, Head Cases is not the story of an individual patient. Instead it is an anthology of notable case histories and the memoir of a brain injury case manager turned journalist who now writes for Discover magazine.
Fins JJ. Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath. JAMA. 2009;301(22):2393-2394. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.826