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

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Harper Collins, Nov 17, 1999 - Science - 336 pages

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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If you are planning to be a student of medicine or neuro-psychology, then you seriously might start with this book. Gershon shares his 30 years of research of the gut and its enteric nervous system in ... Read full review

THE SECOND BRAIN: The Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct and a Groundbreaking New Understanding of Stomach and Bowel Disorders

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The nature of a so-called second brain in the gut is revealed in exquisite detail by a neurogastroenterologist who has spent some 30 years researching the subject. Gershon, professor of anatomy and ... Read full review


The Early Breakthroughs 1
The Autonomic Nervous System
The Turning Point 37
The Workshop 57
The Travelogue 81
Onward and Downward 113
It Aint Over Til Its Over 145
A Bad Bowel 176
The Origin of the Second Brain
Immigrants and the Lower East Colon 236
Location Location Location 275
The State of the Bowel 306
Animals in Biomedical Research 312

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Michael D. Gershon M.D., is chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

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