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A comprehensive guide to neurological recovery by a doctor and spinal cord–injury survivor
On Memorial Day in 2009, Dr. Bradford Berk injured his spinal cord in a cycling accident and was left permanently paralyzed. But his recovery progressed far beyond doctors’ expectations, and it continues to this day. Now, as founder and director of the University of Rochester Neurorestoration Institute, Dr. Berk is on a mission to help others with acute neurological injuries (ANI)— namely spinal cord injury, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.
ANI can affect the whole body—from brain to heart to bladder. In Getting Your Brain and Body Back, Dr. Berk covers each system, offering up-to-date guidance on recovery, treatment, and daily living. Survivors and families will learn how to prevent common problems, find (and pay for) life-changing rehab, ward off depression, return to work, and much more. By sharing candid advice from his own experience, plus insights from the brightest minds in the field, Dr. Berk helps others get back to life.
About the Author
Bradford C. Berk, MD, PhD, is a board-certified cardiologist and a Distinguished University Professor in Medicine, Neurology, Pathology, Pharmacology & Physiology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is the founder and Director of the University of Rochester Neurorestoration Institute. He was formerly Chief of the Cardiology Division at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and then Chairman of Medicine, before being named CEO of University of Rochester Medical Center and Senior Vice President of Health Sciences at the University of Rochester. He lives in Pittsford, New York.
Martha W. Murphy’s first book was published in 1991, and since then she has written or co-written scores of magazine articles and books. Since 2007, she has served on the faculty for the annual Harvard Medical School–sponsored CME course, “Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals.” She is a writing instructor at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media and has taught in the continuing education program at Brown University. She is the executive editor for four healthcare newsletters, and an award-winning healthcare communications and marketing professional. She lives in southern New England.
Eric Topol, MD, is the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and co-founder and vice-chairman of the West Wireless Health Institute in La Jolla, California. He is a practicing cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic and a professor of genomics at The Scripps Research Institute. One of the top ten most cited researchers in medicine, Topol was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has led many of the trials that have shaped contemporary treatment for heart disease. He lives in La Jolla, California.
“Riveting and compelling. At last, a book of hope for those who have been offered little in the past. Dr Berk’s inspiring personal story combined with his empowering and evidence-based advice make this a must-read for those who have suffered catastrophic neurological injury.”—Gary Gibbons, M.D., PhD, Director, NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
“Dr. Berk is living proof that focused and purposeful mental effort can result in remarkable function, life satisfaction and contribution to the world. His book provides expert and inspiring guidance for the many people who seek to overcome catastrophic injuries and get back to life.”—Robert Califf, M.D., Former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
“In his engaging and informative book, Dr. Berk puts the focus on patients and families, giving them the tools they need for successful rehabilitation.”—Steven Kirshblum, M.D., Senior Medical Officer at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation; Chief Medical Officer at Kessler Foundation; Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
“In this important book, drawing both from his personal experience and the latest research, Dr. Berk shows us how to use the mind to restore the body. After thirty-six years of living with a spinal cord injury, finally words of wisdom that can be put into practice.”—Rob Tortorella, B.A., (C6-7 paraplegic), Executive Chairman, Corrosion Products & Equipment, Inc.