Until comparatively recently it was thought that the brain was a static organ in the body, and didn’t change once adulthood had been reached. Research over recent years has proved this wrong, with the concept of Neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to adapt and grow.
The author is a Clinical Psychologist and Neurologist with an interest in these areas.
He starts the book with anecdotal parallels about his computer failing and the difference between software and hardware thoughts, and then applies this to our brains – distinguishing between disorders of brain functioning – requiring drugs or other treatment – and disorders of mind and thinking which require a therapeutic approach. He goes on to look at this distinction in the context of various case studies and his own process of research and study in the field, drawing conclusions about updated understandings of brain and mind function.
The book covers very technical ground, albeit the writers style is anecdotal and accessible. Unless you are very interested in this area, its probably not a book for the casual reader.
For those interested professionally or curiously in the topic, its a fascinating and useful read.