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

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Peter Berkrot

15 Hours 48 Minutes


July 2019

Audio Book Summary

“Persuasive, impassioned... hopeful news [for those] suffering from functional bowel disease.”  — New York Times Book Review

Dr. Gershon’s groundbreaking book fills the gap between what you need to know—and what your doctor has time to tell you.

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.'

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  • Teresa F.

    Hard to understand. I am only a hairdresser with Lynch Syndrome. Looking for answers for better health.

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  • Ron J.

    Concept packed. Fascinating to anyone interested in biochemistry and genetics. A narrative context offering many insights on the processes of research planning, and inference drawing. EXCELLENT (though I might more easily listen to the author's presentation (just supposing he is equally fluent)) Warrants many repetitions, probably easier than actually reading it (allows some trivial multitasking) Thankyou

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