The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk: Understanding Neuroplasticity in the Child's Brain

Karen Pape (Author)

Product Details

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Barlow Publishing
Publish Date
September 20, 2016
6.1 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Karen Pape, MD, FRCPC, is a neonatologist and clinical neuroscientist. As a medical innovator, she is challenging the system to raise expectations for babies born with early brain and nerve injury. She was a neonatologist and director of the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic at Toronto's renowned Hospital for Sick Children, with an additional research fellowship in Neonatal Pathology and Ultrasound Brain Scans in London, England. She co-authored a book on baby brain pathology and was instrumental in the development of neonatal ultrasound brain scanning, now used in neonatal intensive care units worldwide. Pape then directed work at the Magee Clinic in Toronto, developing a new, personalized approach to children and adults with early onset brain or nerve damage. She has lectured widely and conducted over 200 training workshops and conferences for parents, therapists, and physicians throughout North America and internationally in 12 countries. Dr. Pape lives in Toronto, Canada.


"Neonatologist and clinical neuroscientist Pape argues that treatments for children with early damage to the brain, nerves, or spinal cord have not been ambitious enough. Her goal is "a cure for some, improvement for all." She criticizes the inertia she has observed in medicine that causes many primary care providers to postpone referring patients with cerebral palsy (CP) for treatment until symptoms become "bad enough" to warrant attention. Early intervention, she argues, produces far better results. She criticizes the same inertia for resisting challenges to the disproved yet still common belief that in many cases, rehabilitation is impossible and the best possible outcome is the child's condition failing to worsen. Using personal observations, case studies, and published research, Pape makes a convincing case for a more optimistic prognosis for children with CP. The book reads like an academic text, and the tone is likely too esoteric for general readers, but Pape's descriptions of a variety of treatments may provide useful updates for medical professionals, and the whole book will be interesting to parents and caregivers of children with cerebral palsy." -- Publishers Weekly
"This book is chock-full of cases of children with cerebral palsy who vastly exceed their physicians' expectations, as well as practical advice for parents and caregivers on how this can be done. Karen Pape, MD, is a pioneer, rightly demanding that colleagues integrate the new science of brain plasticity as it applies to these children, and this is her cri de coeur, recording not only the new breakthroughs, but effectively explaining why, tragically, so many families are still denied these important interventions." -- Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain's Way of Healing and The Brain That Changes Itself
"The delightful history of a feisty, path-finding doctor on the way to helping every child with early brain injury to a better life. It's chock-full of wisdom, deep scientific and medical understanding, wonderful practical advice, and justified hope." -- Michael Merzenich, PhD, Professor Emeritus, UCSF, author of Soft-Wired, and winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience
"An affirmation of the life-changing benefits of neuroplastic healing and some powerful lessons for life." -- Jay Greenspan, MD, MBA, Neonatologist, Pediatrician-in-chief, A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children
"Accessible insights into breakthroughs in the understanding of neurological deficits in children, and exciting additions to the repertoire of available treatment methods." -- Warwick J. Peacock, MD, Director of The Surgical Science Laboratory at UCLA, Professor Emeritus Neurosurgery, UCSF
"Never before has a book been written that so effectively marries science and story to help parents understand how they can improve their child's potential." -- Professor Iona Novak, PhD, Head of Research, Research Institute, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, University of Sydney, Australia
"Dr. Karen Pape changes the paradigm 'No hope of a cure' to 'Cure for some and improvement for all, ' giving children with brain damage a reason to fight." -- Lorenzo Beltrame, professional tennis player and coach, awarded Coach of the Year and "DOC" Counsilman Science Awards by the United States Olympic Committee