• The Brain's Way of Healing

  • Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
  • By: Norman Doidge
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,088 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Brain That Changes Itself presents astounding advances in the treatment of brain injury and illness. Now with a new afterword. 

Winner of the 2015 Gold Nautilus Award in Science & Cosmology 

In The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in 400 years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience - what we call neuroplasticity. 

His revolutionary new book shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works. It describes natural, noninvasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us - light, sound, vibration, movement - which pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain's own healing capacities without producing unpleasant side effects. Doidge explores cases where patients alleviated years of chronic pain or recovered from debilitating strokes that had plateaued; children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders normalizing; symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and cerebral palsy radically improved; and other near-miracle recoveries. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia with simple approaches anyone can use. 

For centuries it was believed that the brain's complexity prevented recovery from damage or illness. The Brain's Way of Healing shows that this very sophistication is the source of a unique kind of healing. As he did so lucidly in The Brain That Changes Itself, Doidge uses stories to present exciting, cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications and principles that everyone can apply to improve their brains' performance and health. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2015 Norman Doidge (P)2015 Penguin

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a must read

This book has changed my life as a TBI patient! strongly recommended to everyone. a must read!

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Worth waiting for!

The master of neuroplasticity,
Norman Doidge, is the next Oliver Sacks. His first book, The Brain That Changes Itself, is a hallmark, one of the greatest neuroscience books I've read and recommend. That book is about the greatest researchers and their conquests. This book is about people, their problems (Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, autism, dyslexia, brain trauma...) and how they try to get better. Is a great book. I got a little skeptical about the the laser therapy, but the rest is very interesting. Worth the wait!

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Extremely helpful understanding my TBI.

I was hit head on by drunk driver. I was going 30 and he admitted to going 60, there were no skid marks, a 90 MPH hit. Along with multiple fractures, I was left with an awful traumatic brain injury. I had no idea what it was before the accident. This book has been extremely informative and encouraging. Like many of those in this book , I was basically told to live with it. I now know TBI can be treated.
Thank you..

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Incredible Book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Brain's Way of Healing to be better than the print version?

Yes. I like the audible version because it pronounces the medical terms correctly, and it I like listening vs reading. It makes the story come alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brain's Way of Healing?

The remarkable adaptive ability of the brain.

Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

Dr Doidge

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Yes, It is Brain Science

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Very interesting material told in a way that someone not in the medical profession can understand. Very well done.

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One of the best books ever

The only book that I might have enjoyed more than this is "The Body Keeps Score" by Bessel van der Kolk. The content of Norman Dodge's book is revolutionary and you will be purchasing many copies of this books for people that you know and love. The world is definitely a better place by having this book in it.

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I'm about 1/3rd of the way through chapter 7 and it feels
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Parkinsons.... ??? why primarily Parkinsons??

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Exceptional Summary of Neuro-Plasticity

Like his previous book, "The Brain that Changes Itself", Norman Doidge MD, provides a state of the art up-date on his reporting of the more prominent practices and techniques for the application of Neuro-Plastic changes in the brain that are currently known. His direct, hands-on approach of meeting the scientists, engineers, doctors, and practitioners that are developing and using the tools and techniques, combined with the first person stories of those treated / trained is remarkable. In some ways he is a journalist or scientific report, who also as a certified MD, offers credible analysis of the diagnosis, treatment, and improvements seen it those in need. He offers great hope for recovery for conditions often considered intractable. TBI, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, ADHD, PSTD, Autism like symptoms, premature birth related issues and conditions, plus many more are presented in light of the latest research in cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, psychology. He has personally met and worked with most of the world leaders in these fields. Treatments with light, sound, music, body movement and body work, and many more techniques are presented.

High recommend the two texts as well as the auditory presentations.

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Multiple long histories of some tragic problems

Because of great reviews, my problems after a severe head injury, and a belief in neuroplasticity, I listened with great anticipation and interest. There was an overabundance of detail about the history of these patients but much less detail in explaining one miraculous cure after another for multiple conditions using the same controversial techniques and/or equipment. That was fine. Research like that is exciting. But where were the stories of successful duplications in other labs by other scientists getting these wonderful results using the same techniques and equipment? Why was there not a lot of peer review, or conversation in the scientific community about these cures of terrible diseases? As someone who has been involved in research resulting in controversial success, I know that to have credence such successful results require duplication in other labs by other scientists. Doctors and scientists are as eager to find cures as anyone else but they want some proof. I could detail why I had serious questions about some "cures" that were described but a book like this can't cover all details of course. However, when the author implied that some problems might be due to childhood vaccinations, or perhaps cured by restricting glutens, he lost credibility with me. A lot of harm has been done by spreading such ideas.

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Very interesting content and stories

The book goes into some very interesting methods of treating people with common brain related injuries. I think some of the stories were a little long, so I think there is potential to reduce the length of the book to make it even better. For the interested reader, I believe the author could have gone more directly into how to get in touch with practitioners.

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Very enlightening!

I will now buy the hardcover book and study neuroplasticity more in depth. I believe this is the first step towards a better world for my child.

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