While it has been believed for centuries that the brain’s complexity prevents recovery from damage or disease, 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 true stories and case studies to present cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications, and outlines principles that everyone can apply to improve brain performance and health. Doidge shows that natural, non-invasive stimuli—light, sound, vibration, movement—pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain’s own healing capacities without producing the unpleasant side effects that often accompany high-tech forms of treatment. Pointing to cases of patients who overcame chronic pain or recovered from debilitating accidents using these methods—such as one patient who was cured of ADHD through treatment with gentle vibrations on the back of the head, and others who were able to reverse the worst symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and stroke using a method of barely perceptible tingling of the tongue—he shows that there are multiple new ways to approach common brain injuries and highlights the latest discoveries about how healthy people can enhance their own brain plasticity and decrease the risk of dementia.
Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself, which was chosen by the Dana Foundation for the Brain as the #1 book on the brain ever written for the general public.