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The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma Paperback – 24 Sept. 2015

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Everyone should read this book -- Nigella Lawson

Fascinating, hard to put down, and filled with powerful case histories. . . . the most important series of breakthroughs in mental health in the last thirty years -- Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself

A gripping bestseller about where trauma goes, and its disastrous effects on both individuals and societies. Deeply interesting. ―

Dr. van der Kolk's masterpiece combines the boundless curiosity of the scientist, the erudition of the scholar, and the passion of the truth teller -- Judith Herman, M.D., author of Trauma and Recovery

A seminal book that outlines the author's pioneering work -- Thea Jane May ―

Draws on 30 years of experience to argue powerfully that trauma is one of the West's most urgent public health issues... Packed with science and human stories ... van der Kolk has a lot to say, and the struggle and resilience of his patients is very moving ―
New Scientist

Fundamental in understanding how our physical self is connected to all the things we go through and beyond -- Gemma Cairney

A masterpiece of powerful understanding and brave heartedness, one of the most intelligent and helpful works on trauma I have ever read. . . a brilliant synthesis of clinical cases, neuroscience, powerful tools and caring humanity, offering a whole new level of healing -- Jack Kornfied, author of A Path With Heart

Incredible -- William Leith, 'Books of the Year' ―
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The effects of trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. Here one of the world's experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; 1st edition (24 Sept. 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 560 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0141978619
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0141978611
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
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By Maggie on 27 November 2019
If I had not written my name in this book before trying to read it, I would have returned it.

The text is TINY and so I struggled to read it.

I have now ordered a hardback copy from elsewhere in the hope that I will be able to read it more comfortably.

If you are familiar with text sizes, it's looking about size 8 which is way below accessibility requirements today. These are either 11 or 12 on the basic fonts such as Times New Roman, which is what this seems to be.

The photo of the book cover probably illustrates the font size best: the line of text below the italics, beneath the graphic, in block capitals is similar in size to the text within the whole book.

Excluding the Index, the book comprises 421 pages; and I wonder if the reduced font was in order to reduce the number of pages...?

It's a shame, this book has been recommended to me by my counsellor; so I am rather disappointed and shocked, it has to be said, by my inability to see the text comfortably enough to read it.
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