Michael Gershon – The Second Brain


Dr. Gershons 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 30 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”.

Author: Michael Gershon
Narrator: Peter Berkrot
Duration: 15 hours 46 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2007
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

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I’m fairly intelligent but never attended College or Uni. I’m fairly literate and possess a descent knowledge of anatomy from upper track Bio in High School. That and I studied French long enough to become fluent so I can grasp some Latin terminology. Also, I work as an Engineering Technician (STEM) so I’m accustomed to scientific methodology.

All that said, this was a fascinating audiobook but it was quite alot. I was able to understand it but it was like eating raw meat, even with my background. I won’t knock it however because the author has a good sense of humor and he’s quite personal at times. He told the story of his mom in the hospital and how the doctors could have spared her life had they listened to him regarding proton pump inhibitors. Yes, this was a very heady book but Michael reminds you now and then that although he’s super bright, he’s also human.