Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler – Book Reviews
A must read for Stroke, Brain Injury, or Brain Tumor victims….
“Being an information junkie (I teach college English), I needed to find out everything I could when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I came across Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler on the internet (through Discovery Health) and discovered her book, Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Diane Roberts Stoler, EdD and Barbara Albers Hill).
This book is helpful on every level, whether you are the person suffering the injury itself, or have family who has. There are so many ways family are impacted by brain injury (which ecompasses stroke, brain surgery, brain tumors, or anything where the brain is impacted). What makes this book especially meaningful is the fact that Dr. Stoler, a practicing psychologist, suffered both a brain tumor and brain injury herself. She’s not some academic preaching from texts. She has been there. She knows the emotional aspects of recovery, an angle conveniently ducked by many academic-type medical resources.
This books educates the reader on how the brain works, the expected physical symptoms that may be experienced during recovery, the emotional impact on both the victim and his/her family, and how to live with the new stresses that may be added following recovery.
As a psychologist, Dr. Stoler knows how important understanding the trauma is to recovery. She clearly explains the physiological aspects of the brain. This is critical to understanding why certain things may be happening to the person recovering from the trauma. More importantly, she knows the questions that patients and family ask because she’s been there herself and asked the same questions.
This book has become a “bible” of sorts for me. It explains why there may be mood swings, seizures, concentration problems, or anything that can occur during or after recovery. It also has much information for families that are helping someone recovering from a stroke or brain tumor or brain injury. Best of all, the language is in everyday, simple language. It’s well organized and contains a thorough index to look up specific issues.
If you know anyone who has suffered a stroke, brain tumor, or brain injury, do them a favor and recommend this book. It can help improve people’s lives. It doesn’t sugarcoat the issues, nor does it overwhelm you by pretentious writing. It’s just good information to have.”
— Mark Joslin, Epinions.com Member Review
“Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is one of the most comprehensive books on the subject of traumatic brain injury…. [It] provides guidance and inspiration for a new life after brain injury.”
— Allan I. Bergman, President and CEO, Brain Injury Association, 2001
“Very few books about brain injury, if any, are as comprehensive and far-reaching as Dr. Diane Stoler’s. Coping With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury answers many questions haunting survivors and family members. I strongly recommend this text as required reading for anyone affiliated with the brain injury community.”
— George A. Zitnay, Ph.D., President and CEO, Brain Injury Association, 1998
“This book, Coping With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is a must read for anyone who has experienced a mild brain injury, their families, friends or professionals working in this area of treatment. The format of the book is user friendly, and the information is easy to understand, clear and concise in its presentation. This book provides to its readers information on the traditional rehabilitative treatments available for brain injury recovery, and also it includes many different alternative treatments.
In addition to identifying appropriate resources, the book provides questions to use during the selection process. This is the first book available for many who struggle with the ‘unseen injury’ providing for them a reference guide to follow during their treatment and recovery. Along with providing valuable knowledge, this book provides hope and inspiration for the future, from someone who has been there.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the area of mild traumatic brain injury.”
— Pat Lazarek, Resource Coordinator, Massachusetts Brain Injury Association.
“A thorough, practical guide through unfamiliar and often frightening territory, offering wisdom and hope.”
— Sally Jesse Raphael, Television Talk Show Host and Mother of a Person who sustained mTBI
“If I were going to a desert island (to try to win a million dollars) and could only take one book about MS with me, this is the book I would take, and it isn’t even ABOUT MS.”
— Dean Kramer, MSWorld Book Reviewer
“It’s a valuable book – Most importantly it validates what people are experiencing.”
— Dr. Edward Bromfield, Brigham & Womens Hospital
“Using clear, easy-to-understand language, it covers every aspect of this sometimes mystifying condition. An extensive resource.”
— Editorial Review – Amazon.com
“…a wonderful book on brain trauma. I think it could be of help to any relative or patient with brain trauma. I certainly will recommend it.”
— James Masterson, M.D., Director – The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
— April E. Mott, M.D., Connecticut Chemosensory Clinical Research Center