Monday March 16, 2015
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Norman Doidge
In this episode:
* Sheila Watt-Cloutier on The Right to Be Cold
* Ausma Zehanat Khan on The Unquiet Dead
* Dan MacCormack on his album Symphony of Ghosts, inspired by the novels of David Adams Richards
* Dr. Norman Doidge on The Brain's Way of Healing
BONUS: Shelagh's extended conversation with Dr. Norman Doidge
Dr. Norman Doidge first talked with Shelagh several years ago, when his first book, The Brain that Changes Itself, was published. It became a New York Times bestseller. The Toronto-based psychiatrist and psychotherapist brings more stories of advances in brain science, and the patients who have benefited from them, in his new book, The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.
Dr. Doidge travelled the world to meet with clinicians and patients whose stories he relates in the book. He describes the science behind radical new therapies that have helped people with serious brain injuries and disorders that were once thought to be permanent. These treatments do not involve medication or surgical intervention. Instead, they are based on using the senses to stimulate the brain's neurons and repair damaged circuits. "One patient after another was told that they would not get better," he said. But they did.
In his conversation with Shelagh, Dr. Doidge offers details of the treatments and explains why they are effective. We hope you enjoy this extended version of their conversation.