I wrote this book in response to the many requests I received for a case-study book without all the theory and references; just the human stories. As one college teacher told me, her undergraduate students love the case studies in Fractured Minds but many find some of the technical details and theory over their heads. As a text book, Fractured Minds isn’t marketed to the lay reader, yet I have had many a reader – family members of Alzheimer’s disease or head injured patients for example – who have read and enjoyed Fractured Minds and suggested I write a simpler version that focuses on the human stories with less scientific theory and detail. So this is that book; dubbed by OUP a “sequel” to Fractured Minds as it contains many of the same case studies but is written in a way that falls somewhere between the styles of Oliver Sacks – my patients have disorders similar to his – and Atul Gawande – in that in telling the patient’s story, the health professional’s feelings and thoughts are also exposed. In these very human stories my aim is to convey my experiences of how these courageous, funny, sad, generous and determined people – not only the patients but their families and friends as well – have coped with the extraordinary stress of a brain disorder. As you read these stories, through the experiences of the patients and the people who interact with them – families, health professionals, and researchers – you will, almost inadvertently, learn a lot about the different disorders and their treatments! For me, writing this has almost been like writing a memoir of that large part of my life where I was privileged to get to know these amazing people and learn from them about living – and sometimes dying – and remembering to stop and smell the roses.