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Head Cases: The World of Traumatic Brain Injury

Friday, January 02, 2009

We visit the world of traumatic brain injury, from how the injuries treated, to the unusual behavior they can cause – like a woman who lost much of her memory and has to be reintroduced to her husband over and over again. Michael Paul Mason is author of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath.

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Comments [4]

Kelly Lincoln

Ruth, do you mean to tell me that no Neuropysch was done? My tbi was the result of a home invasion where I was struck twice in the head fracturing my left temple, and choking me into unconsciousness. My neuropysch exam conducted a year later, showed cognitive impairment, including attention deficits and short term memory loss. - that's how long it took for symptoms to appear in my case. and, that's a 'mild' tbi. Get that Neuropsych. NOW

Jan. 05 2009 12:04 AM
mary

My second neurologist did a great job at exploring every possible cause of a 7mm swelling/lesion? in my brain stem after a month of seeing a neurologistB who just ordered more CAT scans. Had I known that nerologistB had been removed from several hospital boards and had several pending and settled-out-of-court lawsuits against him I would have had a faster recovery, and perhaps avoided the paralysis that silenced my speech and stopped my gait. I am fully recovered now 7 years later. This doctorB was on the referral list mandated by the insurance company. No other neurologist on the list would see me when they discovered who I first visited. Thank heavens for the last neurologist on the list who saw me immediatly after being called and ordered me to the emergency room 10 minutes into the exam. Check references, get a medical advocate, and don't take no for an answer. Even the inital emergency room exam resulted in a poor diagnosis and excedrin perscribed.

Jan. 02 2009 12:48 PM
Ruth from NYC (Queens)

Where is science in regard to picking up minor TBI? Are there current tests that could pick up something like this.

I have a TBI (car accident 11 years ago:
rear-ended, head hit headrest very hard)
A helmet would not have helped.

When it came to lawyers, etc, an arbitrator decided I did NOT have a brain injury (one more travesty...). Apparently, although I couldn't think my way out of a paper bag for a long time (or find my back door, or put on a pot of water for tea), there was no way to "prove" I had an injury (I was accused of lying). I received minimal compensation, haven't been able to work ever since.

Jan. 02 2009 12:26 PM
Gregory from The Bronx

My New Year's wish is that WNYC opens itself up to open constructive criticism and shakes itself free of the standard predictable mindset it has fallen into, with its slant on views merely preaching to the choir instead of encouraging contrasting viewpoints.

Jan. 02 2009 12:17 PM

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