LEIGH FORBES: Books of all Sorts

Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: Extraordinary Journeys into the Human Brain

by Allan H. Ropper and B. D. Burrell.

A fascinating look into the world of neurology – similar to, but more accessible than, Oliver Sacks’s book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”. Ropper goes to greater lengths to explain technical expressions, and keep his reader in better touch with what is actually happening.

The case studies, many of which are bite-sized – but which also include two chapters about motor neurone disease and a chapter on Parkinson’s – allow the reader to engage with the realities of neurological disorders and the world of the doctors who treat them.

I found the book compelling, fascinating, and scary in equal measure (there but for the grace of god, and all that), but like all good stories, it hooked me into wanting to know what happened to the characters, even more so because the characters were real people. Couldn’t put it down.


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