** The Ghost in My Brain by Clark Elliott


The author of The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get it Back is a university professor who, during a car accident, suffered a disabling concussion the effects of which lasted for years before he found relief in a special neuro-training program. The book follows the familiar arc of recovery memoirs: despair, then redemption. Of course the specific treatment he found is presented as miraculous when it may only work for some, so the later part of the book can rankle. However, the description of his struggles and how concussions are an invisible injury that debilitate the sufferer and startle family and friends is written very openly and movingly.

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