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Segal, J. (2013). Barbara Wilson, Jill Winegardner, & Fiona Ashworth: Life after Brain Injury: Survivors' Stories. New York: Taylor & Francis Psychology, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-84872-111-1, 264pp, $51.95 (pbk.), $160 (hbk.).. Neuropsychoanalysis, 15(2):209-211.

(2013). Neuropsychoanalysis, 15(2):209-211

Barbara Wilson, Jill Winegardner, & Fiona Ashworth: Life after Brain Injury: Survivors' Stories. New York: Taylor & Francis Psychology, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-84872-111-1, 264pp, $51.95 (pbk.), $160 (hbk.).

Review by:
Julia Segal

Tales of brain injury inevitably evoke anxieties about everyday behavior such as cycling, driving, or going to the gym, as well as being an uncomfortable reminder of the vulnerability of the brain to stroke and illness. I had to stop in the middle of this book and find a “self-soothing” strategy or two before I could finish reading.

Life after Brain Injury: Survivors' Stories is written for the general public and for families affected by brain injury as well as for professionals involved with providing services. The work of the Oliver Zangwill Centre (OZC) is demonstrated through a series of individual case histories, in which both patient and therapist present their point of view. By juxtaposing therapists' reports and survivors' own words and pictures, a rich and gripping narrative is created, in which theory is illuminated by practice and generalizations are challenged by individual differences. Jargon-free overview chapters at the beginning and the end provide context and justification for the program and the cost.

The stories are moving, interesting, and enlightening. Each person attending for rehabilitation clearly has his or her own history and concerns, symptoms and needs, all of which are taken into account in a personalized program with individual outcomes and individual goals. This book presents the stories of the rehabilitation of a group of people who completed the course successfully.

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