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November 26, 1997

Injured Brains of Medical Minds: Views From Within

Author Affiliations

New England Medical Center Hospitals Boston, Mass


edited by Narinder Kapur, 426 pp, with illus, $49.95, ISBN 0-19-852044-8, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1997;278(20):1711-1712. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550200087047

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Injured Brains of Medical Minds is a wonderful book. It should be mandatory reading for all physicians and health professionals who care for patients with neurological diseases. All physicians would find it a good read and would profit from its multiple messages.

The method of presentation and the content are unique. Kapur has edited a primary source book. The reader is presented detailed accounts of symptoms, experiences, and illnesses by the patients themselves and by close observers. The patients are professionals, mostly physicians and neuropsychologists, who have intimate knowledge of medicine and of brain function. To organize the material and optimize its didactic potential, Kapur takes an active and integrative role as editor, commentator, and analyst. He might have taken his cue from the early British novelist Henry Fielding. In Tom Jones, Fielding likens the author of a book to a host who invites his guests to a feast. The