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Dr. Michael Gershon has devoted his career to understanding the human bowel (the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, and colon). His thirty years of research have led to an extraordinary rediscovery: nerve cells in the gut that act as a brain. This "second brain" can control our gut all by itself. Our two brains -- the one in our head and the one in our bowel -- must cooperate. If they do not, then there is chaos in the gut and misery in the head -- everything from "butterflies" to cramps, from diarrhea to constipation. Dr. Gershon's work has led to radical new understandings about a wide range of gastrointestinal problems including gastroenteritis, nervous stomach, and irritable bowel syndrome. The Second Brain represents a quantum leap in medical knowledge and is already benefiting patients whose symptoms were previously dismissed as neurotic or "it's all in your head."
"Thirty years of research have led this author to the rediscovery of nerve cells in the gut, which act as a second brain, leading to a radical new understanding about a wide range of gastrointestinal problems."
About the Author
Michael D. Gershon M.D., is chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.
"Persuasive, impassioned... hopeful news [for those] suffering from functional bowel disease."--New York TimesBook Review "An interesting treatise that records the rediscovery of the importance of the nervous system in the abdominal organs, this book provides an opportunity for lay readers to explore the fascination of the Second Brain and the scientists who discover its marvels...Dr. Gershon documents this new renaissance in enteric neuroscience."--Michael Camilleri, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Mayo Foundation, Gastroenterology Research Unit "In The Second Brain, Gershon makes a persuasive, impassioned and, at times, downright lyrical case...the book succeeds in presenting an often grim and complex topic in a surprisingly witty and engaging manner."--Jacqueline Boone, The New York Times Book Review
The Early Breakthroughs
The Discovery of the Second Brain
The Autonomic Nervous System and the Story of Chemical Neurotransmission
The Turning Point
Beyond the Teeth: The Domain Stalked by Heartburn and Ulcer
Onward and Downward
"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over"
A Bad Bowel
The Origin of the Second Brain and Its Disorders
The Enteric Nervous System Now
Immigrants and the Lower East Colon
Location, Location, Location
The State of the Bowel
Endnote: Animals in Biomedical Research
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ISBN: 9780060930721 ISBN-10: 0060930721 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 336 Published: November 1999 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 12.7 x 20.8
Weight (kg): 0.24