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Teresella Gondolo shares her unusual experiences with patients in her book Fifty Shades of Gray Matter. As a neurologist, the author has encountered a wide variety of extraordinary cases, from people who can’t recognize faces to individuals who experience pain during orgasm. The book covers an array of uncommon examples that Dr. Gondolo has witnessed while protecting the privacy of the patient. She outlines each case and discusses the diagnosis and treatment before revealing the outcome.
Far from repeating tedious entries in a medical journal, Teresella Gondolo delivers an interesting list of cases involving the brain. Readers will never have heard of some of the fascinating conditions involving this intricate control center of the body. All the stories are remarkable, but some of them seem almost unbelievable, like the inability to recognize half of the world, or hiccuping and intense dizziness after hair washing. The author writes informatively and her delivery is uncomplicated, so most readers will have no trouble following along, even without prior medical knowledge. Dr. Gondolo records her interaction with patients in intimate detail, producing imagery that will inform the reader. She includes pieces of her life that add to her credibility and establish a better connection with her audience. Pictures augment the text, illustrating the extent of some of the illnesses. Fifty Shades of Gray Matter is a great selection for anyone interested in the little-known neurological disorders that may strike a person with or without warning and the processes of adjusting to life after being diagnosed with those conditions.