The Healing Brain: Breakthrough Discoveries About How the Brain Keeps Us Healthy

by Robert Ornstein & David Sobel

The Healing Brain presents an easy to read, amusing, entertaining – yet highly authoritative account of how our brain “minds” our body – actively guarding and defending our health and well-being. Robert Ornstein, a neurologist, and David Sobel, a physician, highlight the themes most important to understand this fascinating science. They explain that, contrary to many of our assumptions about the main purpose of our brain – that it evolved primarily for “higher-thinking” – in fact, the brain works tirelessly to adapt to the changing world around us. This essential reference book helps us understand our brain as the original “health maintenance organization”– giving us the understanding we need to help our brain do what it does best – guarding our health, and helping us to heal.

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“The Healing Brain” is a gem. The authors have managed to synthesize, summarize, and clearly communicate a broad body of knowledge…into a coherent description of how the brain affects our health and well-being. It is a treasure trove of information and insight into an area of vital importance to all.” —Philip R Lee MD, Professor of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, Univ of California San Francisco.