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The Second Brain :  A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine - Michael Gershon

The Second Brain

A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine

Paperback Published: November 1999
ISBN: 9780060930721
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

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"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

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Early Breakthroughsp. 1
The Discovery of the Second Brainp. 2
The Autonomic Nervous System and the Story of Chemical Neurotransmissionp. 8
The Turning Pointp. 37
The Workshopp. 57
The Traveloguep. 81
Beyond the Teeth: The Domain Stalked by Heartburn and Ulcerp. 82
Onward and Downwardp. 113
"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over"p. 145
A Bad Bowelp. 176
The Origin of the Second Brain and Its Disordersp. 189
The Enteric Nervous System Nowp. 190
Immigrants and the Lower East Colonp. 236
Location, Location, Locationp. 275
The State of the Bowelp. 306
Endnote: Animals in Biomedical Researchp. 312
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ISBN: 9780060930721
ISBN-10: 0060930721
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: November 1999
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 12.7 x 20.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.24

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