How the Brain Lost Its Mind by Allan H. Ropper

How the Brain Lost Its Mind

A noted neurologist challenges the widespread misunderstanding of brain disease and mental illness. How the Brain Lost Its Mind tells the rich and compelling story of two confounding ailments, syphilis and hysteria, and the extraordinary efforts to confront their effects on mental life. How does the mind work? Where does madness lie, in the brain or in the mind? How should it be treated?Throughout the nineteenth century, syphilis--a disease of ma...

Details How the Brain Lost Its Mind

TitleHow the Brain Lost Its Mind
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherAvery Publishing Group
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Psychology, Health, Mental Health, History, Mental Illness

Reviews How the Brain Lost Its Mind

  • Jess
    Well, I fell for the old click bait title and I really wish I had just kept on scrolling, metaphorically speaking. What I mean to say is that I was excited to read this book and thought that it would highlight the challenges of treating mental illness and neurological disorders. I was mistaken. In reality, this book is a history of syphilis. Well, in some respects. The sections on the origins of syphilis are woefully inadequate and privilege only...
    I am very glad I came across this book in the book store. I was browsing around and this book literally was like a God send. I was so happy that this book was a neuronal academic literary work. My speciality in college is neuroscience, and the dynamics of the neuronal mapping's spiritual circulation. In the physiological form of course. The book was well provisioned with ample of helpful case studies that allowed for great insight into the neuros...
  • Peter Herrmann
    The authors try to explain how psychiatrists, neurologists, neuro-psychiatrists, pharma, etc have dealt with mind/brain illnesses - and give so many anecdotes, 'clarifications' and verbiage around the dichotomy of mind-brain that, in the end, I'm just confused about what their thesis really is. More verbiage would NOT have helped. Perhaps less is sometimes more. To a large extent - not exclusively - this is a history of syphilis; but a rather fra...
  • Stephanie Lynn
    It was interesting to learn about how the discovery of syphilis shaped the field of mental illness, and spurred on the battle of the brain versus the mind. After reading this, I feel like everything I've ever learned about mental health disorders is all bullshit made up by a bunch of dudes whose brains were being eaten away by syphilis or cocaine. Freud literally made up the case studies on which he based his psychoanalytic theories that dominate...
  • Melissa T
    I won this copy on good reads first reads Thank You! By reading this book I learned so much about hysteria and Mental Illness, a lot of it I knew nothing about. I found myself talking about my new found knowledge to all of my co workers and my husband. Having a daughter that has been diagnosed as bipolar with schizophrenic tendencies it helped me see a different side of things. I have read this book twice now and I am still finding new informatio...
  • Jennifer
    Wasn't what I expected, but it was fun and interesting to learn all about syphilis and the origins of other epidemics. I would recommend this book, especially as a a resource for a history on mental illness.
  • Myka Gilliam
    This was fascinating and very readable! I found myself relating my new found knowledge to all of my friends. This is a must for anyone interested in the science of the brain be it psychiatric or neurology.
  • Leigh Ann
    A fascinating, informative narrative of a history about which i knew nothing—and could not have conceiced of.
  • Hailey
    A very interesting read
  • Randy Hsieh
    It's in interesting read/listen.Perhaps more than one ever wanted to know about a certain disease but seemingly relevant in today's world, the book does not drag or get too technical.