Decrypting Neurology For The Masses!

31 May 2017
Gajanan Khergamker, Ahmedabad

Few books are published for the benefit of members of the medical fraternity, students of medical school and patients. They require the rare blend of knowledge, grasp on finer nuances of the subject and, the even rarer quality of them all…modesty and good intent! It’s of little wonder then that it would have to be Padma Shri Dr Sudhir V Shah to pen down a brilliant ‘Brain & Neurological Disorders – A Simplified Health Education Guide’ with daughter and resident in DM (Neurology) Dr Heli Shah. It took a full three years for him to work on the book and the effort shows.

The Launch of 'Brains & Neurological Disorders'
Little wonder then that Director, Department of Neurology, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Mumbai, Dr BS Singhal writes in the foreword, “Each chapter begins with a memorable quotation, followed by key points and a brief historical description; At the end of the chapter, we find “pearls of wisdom” to give us the essence of the chapter.” Dr Singhal says, “This book would prove very useful not just for the patients and their care givers, but also for healthcare providers and practitioners of medicine and neurology. At every step, the authors have taken great pains to highlight the preventable aspects of the disease and the various means of staying fit and healthy.”

Like the Chapter on Coma ends with, “The average death rate in coma is 10-20% and the sad fact is that many of these cases are preventable just by improving lifestyle, staying fit with exercise, learning techniques like meditation and yoga to relieve stress, and simply driving carefully.” Few medical books would have tips so simple yet powerful as these.

Dr Sudhir V Shah Receiving the Padmashree from President Pranab Mukherjee
A Chapter on Stress that starts with a quotation by Lord Buddha, “Life has inevitable suffering; there is a cause to our suffering; there is an end to suffering; the end to suffering is contained in the eight fold path.” It goes on to provide points to ponder that include, types of stress and goes on to throw light on the ways of tackling it. A section on how a patient can help himself/herself, offers tips such as a patient should “try to mix around with people”; “accept that everything will not improve overnight, and things will take time to get better,” and stressed on the need for ‘Group Exercise,’ ‘Pranayam,’ ‘Music or Dance’ and ‘Meditation.’

There are tips to improve memory and brain power provided in Chapter 11, wherein the reader is asked to introduce ‘bilingualism’ and the use of both hands to help boost his brain power! Now, where would you find something like this? And, coming from Dr Sudhir V Shah, it’s a pearl that simply can’t be missed.

Steering clear from the more contemporary and straight-laced procedures followed by the fraternity that is often guilty of being narrow and hard-nosed when it comes to traditional and non-invasive techniques such as 'Yoga' or ‘Positive Thinking,’ Dr Sudhir V Shah has adopted a larger-than-life approach to the subject. The holistic approach to Neurology is rare and so welcome in this day and time.

The authors have even offered to spend the entire royalties from the sales of this book to promote innovations and outstanding research by the young scholars in this field, the needy and for the mentally challenged / less privileged children. So, if you’re a doctor, student of medicine or simply someone afflicted with a neurological disorder or know of something with the same, grab this book at any medical bookstore or buy it online.