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[PDF] The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves By Siri Hustvedt – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❮Epub❯ ➞ The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves ➝ Author Siri Hustvedt – Serv3.3pub.co.uk In this uniue neurological memoir Siri Hustvedt attempts to solve her own mysterious conditionWhile speaking at a memorial event for her father in 2006 Siri Hustvedt suffered a violent seizure from th In this uniue neurological Woman or eBook ↠ memoir Siri Hustvedt attempts to solve her own mysterious conditionWhile speaking at a memorial event for her father in Siri Hustvedt suffered a violent seizure from the neck down Despite her flapping arms and shaking legs she continued to speak clearly and was able to finish her speech It was as if she had suddenly become two people a calm orator and a shuddering wreck Then The Shaking Kindle - the seizures happened again and again The Shaking Woman tracks Hustvedt’s search for a diagnosis one that takes her inside the thought processes of several scientific disciplines each one of which offers a distinct perspective on her paroxysms but no ready solution In the process she finds herself entangled in fundamental uestions What is the relationship between brain and mind How do we remember What is the selfDuring her investigations Hustvedt joins Shaking Woman or Epub Û a discussion group in which neurologists psychiatrists psychoanalysts and brain scientists trade ideas to develop a new field neuropsychoanalysis She volunteers as a writing Shaking Woman or A History PDF or teacher for psychiatric in patients at the Payne Whitney clinic in New York City and unearths precedents in medical history that illuminate the origins of and shifts in our theories about the mind body problem In The Shaking Woman Hustvedt synthesizes her experience and research into a compelling Shaking Woman or A History PDF or mystery Who is the shaking woman In the end the story she tells becomes in the words of George Makari author of Revolution in Mind “a brilliant illumination for us all”.

10 thoughts on “The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves

  1. Teresa Teresa says:

    This book is the result of a talk Hustvedt was asked to give as part of a series on Narrative Medicine It's not a memoir though its touchpoint is a personal experience of the author but reads as an extended essay As with the best of essays its interest originates from the particular of the personal then opens up into the general the universal Its focus is on the mind brain conundrum reaching back into its history and changing cultural meanings as far back as Wittgenstein and even further back for examples then leads back to a present that doesn't seem all that different as to how much is known Fittingly for a novelist her sympathies are with the individual and individual storiesFifteen years ago I like many others experienced lower back pain The pain shot down into my leg and kept me awake at night After trying 'everything' I read Healing Back Pain The Mind Body Connection and recognized that my stress had gone to my back the pain disappeared Some time later I started having headaches that I thought were migraines and they were treated as such though 'nothing' seemed to work on them During internet research I read a description of tension headaches and realized those were what I was experiencing not migraines I haven't had one since Labels diagnoses are powerfulBecause her approach is interdisciplinary this is not the only topic she touches She speaks of memory dreams imagination synesthesia hallucinations subjectivity and the nature of the self This might seem too much for such a short book but each subject flows naturally into the nextNow if you'll excuse me I must go do my yoga stretches and weights for my neck pain which at least has a story behind it

  2. Marc Marc says:

    A magnificent book I cannot formulate it any differently Mind you this is not a novel rather a drawn out essay with an autobiographical focus After all Hustvedt describes how from 2006 onwards she regularly suffers from sudden severe tremors and in the book she describes her years of searching for an explanation and a solution to itSo this is a very specialized rather difficult book to read Hustvedt tells about her wanderings along psychologists neurologists brain specialists and about her own in depth study of the state of affairs in those domains illustrated with concrete cases she knows herself or she has heard about or read about She does this in a rather chaotic meandering way which according to the reviews here on Goodreads enervate many readers But for me this just was the charm of this book anyone who is confronted with major illnesses or disorders cannot but work in this way searching wandering asking uestions trying treatmenst going from success to disappointment and backThis book provides a staggering picture of a science that knows only a fraction of how man works in that gray zone between neurology psychology and brain; a science that constantly contradicts itself and swings from one trend or fashion to another and still each time with a lot of certainty launches new theories or secretly returns to previously stubbornly opposed visionsEven Hustvedt herself did not get much further despite all her attempts and perseverence And I see this too is a source of frustration for many readers But then they have just missed the point of this book I would say Because Hustvedt eventually draws the only possible pragmatic conclusion she accepts that her persistent migraine and the tremor attacks for whatever reason are part of her own identity that trembling woman that's me Ultimately this book for Hustvedt with all its hesitation and confusion is not just a plea for acceptance and fatalism but it's rather a plea to give space to ambiguity in life a life with uncertainty and therefore also with illness and pain also in the sciences Ambiguity does not obey logic The logician says “To tolerate contradiction is to be indifferent to truth” Those particular philosophers like playing games of true and false It is either one thing or the other never both But ambiguity is inherently contradictory and insoluble a bewildering truth of fogs and mists and the unrecognizable figure or phantom or memory or dream that can’t be contained or held in my hands or kept because it is always flying away and I cannot tell what it is or if it is anything at all I chase it with words even though it won’t be captured and every once in a while I come close to it This is a view I can fully endorce 3 12 stars

  3. Susan Susan says:

    I wish there was a star rating for didn't finish or not what I was afterI heard the author on an NPR interview and with my history of severe and constant migraines though this would be an interesting book But I expected to hear the author's story to read about her shaking and her journey and her migrainesI managed to read to page 92 of 199 and it is entirely a philosophy book about the mind body connection with a good dose of physiology thrown in It's about how culture and medicine has and does view the mind and mental health and the intersection of mental health with physical symptomsAnd it just wasn't what I was after

  4. Sketchbook Sketchbook says:

    So OK you're speaking before a large group of people and you have a kind of panic Well duh If you have a friendly publisher and MD you can scribble it all down and soon Sign Books Theterrific comic playwright Chris Durang gives us a hilarious play called The Actor's Nightmare wherein an actor doesn't know what play he's in I was once drafted to give a Talk at a molto prestige 'place' and midway gadzooks wondered What the hell am I saying? I havent a clue My eyes glazed my hands trembled the whole Eek I didn't reuire an MD I didn't write about it until now I realized it was just stage fright which I hadn't had before or since What set it off? I was uncertain of what I was saying At end audience members rushed to shower congrats And I realized no there had a clue anyway as to the subject of the Talk Got paid a wad So fuk any medico bosherie about Nerves shaking uacking or wacking Just have 2 vodka martinis and a good laugh It's a burp not a book

  5. Laurel Amberdine Laurel Amberdine says:

    On reading the description this sounds like the author is going to investigate her mysterious shaking disease discover and share fascinating medical tidbits along the way and presumably come up with a conclusionIn reality it's a lot rambling and personal than that and not uite as interestingAfter her initial shaking fit Hustvedt did some research on her own into psychological disorders She was already working with psychiatric patients and felt well euipped to do so She diagnosed herself with hysteria something which has gone almost entirely out of fashion in the medical community After deciding that was what she had she continued to research the disease and the various perceptions its gone through over the yearsThe investigation is interesting at what point is a symptom really real? If you can scan it on an MRI is it real then? What if conscious thought affects it? How can an illness be all in a patient's mind when all it has actual symptoms and looks just like the real thing? Associated musings explore the idea of self the relationship between body and mind the meaning and purpose of dreams and how perception affects realityHustvedt's symptoms come and go and she adapts her theory up until an incident which thoroughly disproves her idea This leads her finally go to a doctor She winds up with an entirely unsurprising diagnosis given her history and symptoms So while it's an interesting book it's geared toward fans of Siri Hustvdet who want to know what she's like and why she writes the way she does It honestly is an interesting book in that regard It's not much of a medical mystery though

  6. Alta Alta says:

    A very intelligent memoir of illness in which the author uses deep knowledge from several disciplines neuroscience psychoanalysis literature and her own experience to discuss the relationship between mind and body Hustvedt is the best proof that very cerebral people are often also very sensitive she suffers of numerous nervous afflictions and that the mind and the body are inseparable

  7. Justine Justine says:

    I'm glad I read this book; but I probably should have waited for a time when I would have been focused on it than now So I plan to reread The Shaking Woman Or a History of My Nerves to fully appreciate and fully understand everything into it Siri Hustvedt mixes her personal story and an essay about neurologypsychology; in fact she is dealing with a situation she doesn't understand She does research and the book is the result of these researches about her personal case She also writes about other cases and other illnesses It was fascinating and I learnt SO MANY things I had to reread certain passages to fully understand them reading in a train ugh but it didn't reduce the pleasure I had while reading It made me think shook my certainties things I thought were immutable It also made me discover certain things I didn't know at all about different subjects mostly around mental health I would have loved to write in my copy of the book be it my personal remarks or just to underline some sentences that were significant to me Unfortunately this book was not mine I'll wait and buy my own copy to write into it I love Siri Hustvedt's writing and ideas; she is for me in Margaret Atwood's case She might write about anything the writing will be good and I'll be interested in what is told She is reaching my favorite authors list Can't wait to read other books by this great author

  8. Catherine Catherine says:

    In 2006 Siri Hustvedt stands to give a short speech at the planting of a tree in memory of her father As she speaks she begins to shake her body from the neck down convulsing as though she is having a fit From the neck up she is calm retains her faculty of speech continues to talk as if her body is not answering some other call In this book she sets out to discover who the shaking woman isThe search passes through neuroscience psychology psychiatry philosophy theology poetry and story telling of all kinds Hustvedt considers the impact of culture on the illnesses we can identity for ourselves and those we can't; the effect of words on our understanding of our lives for good and ill; the boundless reach of what biology tells us about our bodies and the limitations of halting the search for meaning at the borders of a cell We are Hustvedt concludes beings who do not experience unusual events feelings and trauma as bundles of cells alone nor are such events conditional experiences of the mind We are story tellers each of us and we name and describe our feelings our bodies our illnesses our research and in the amalgam of all of this is the selfThe book has no chapters and I regretted the lack of them I wanted better organization or at least structure And yet I'm sure the choice was a purposeful one As Hustvedt concludes we are not beings who experience life in discrete boxes or chunks but rather we messily move from intellect to emotion to belief to the sparking of a neuron in mere seconds back and forth over and over again To divide this long meditation on who we are and how illness mental and otherwise figures into that is to impose an artificial structure on something that by nature is disorganized and chaoticAnd that's one of the most interesting things of all to see reflected in my own wish for chapters a sense of how I bring order to my world Fascinating book

  9. Marcia Marcia says:

    This was an interesting and thoughtful book if not exactly what I expected The title lead me to believe that it would be of a personal memoir of illness while although Hustvedt talks about her life and her shaking incidents somewhat it focuses on the history of hysteria and the biological vs psychological views of the human brain If you are interested in learning about neurology the history of psychology and philosophical discussions on the soul then you will enjoy this book as I did At times it could be uite dry and esoteric but it left me with a lot to think about and even though I would've enjoyed a personal narrative the uestions raised by this little tome have stuck with me for the last week and I keep finding myself coming back to them again and again It's the kind of book I wish I owned instead of borrowed from the library so I could highlight and take notes and come back to it again and again Ah well maybe when it comes out in paperback Recommended for intellectual searchers and anyone who has an illness that may or may not be psychosomatic

  10. Frank Jude Frank Jude says:

    Siri Hustvedt is one of my favorite authors living or dead and it just seems she's incapable of writing anything uninteresting This memoir touches on philosophy psychology and consciousness studies through her own experience of an inexplicable experience of uncontrolled shaking that first came upon her while speaking at a memorial for her father Throughout Hustvedt explores the meaning of her experience with the aesthetics of the poet and the curious skepticism of the scientist If one were to read the books alluded to or uoted in the footnotes you would be exposed to a breath of speculation ranging from The Salem Witch Trials Reader to Lacan; from Dostoyevsky to Hans Christian Anderson; from Husserl to Damasio and much Some of the uestions she dives into with the courage of not settling for answers include Is there a difference between brain and mind and if so what is it?; What is the self and is it constructed or essential? Who or what is the person? Yes I loved this book

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