This week, go Into the Intro of David Wells’ Games and Mathematics for some fun insights on how math elegantly shapes one of our most enduring cultural institutions. If you missed David Wells’ post last Friday about writing the book, be sure to check it out.
Welcome to Into the Intro: Mental Heath Awareness Week edition. In this installment we’ll give you a peek into one of our biggest fall titles, Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, a book from leading mental health professionals on how become stronger, how to bend but not break, and how to make the best out of bad situations.
In a great Times Higher Education piece, professor of psychology David Smail reviews Disturbances of the Mind by Douwe Draaisma.
In this cleverly constructed book, several of the puzzles of present-day neurology are considered alongside accounts of the lives and times of those with whom they are eponymously associated. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Korsakoff’s, Tourette’s and Asperger’s syndromes feature among the better-known instances, but lesser-known syndromes such as the those of Clerambault and Capgras (perhaps more psychiatric than neurological) are also considered. Each receives a chapter to itself.
The author’s particular skill is in making his subject matter interesting at several levels and to different groups of readers. His accounts of the successes and sorrows of those who are seen (not always accurately, as he points out) as the discoverers of these well-known diseases are historically vivid without resorting to hagiography; and the story of the fortunes of their brain-children as they negotiate the fluctuations of medical and social fashion since their conception is absorbing.
The New York Times Health section in tomorrow’s edition ran an excellent piece on Stanley Reiser’s “Technological Medicine” focusing on the uncomfortable tradeoff between technology and expectations at the clinic.
In his New York Review of Books article on the changes in medical culture, Jerome Groopman cites Stanley Reiser’s Technological Medicine.