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Gloucester’s neurology book club recently took on ‘Left Neglected’ by Lisa Genova
  1. Thomas Minton,
  2. Kate Hale
  1. Neurology, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas Minton,Neurology, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK; Thomas.minton{at}

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Left Neglected is the second neurologically themed novel by Lisa Genova, an American author and neuroscientist based at Harvard University. Genova’s well-received first novel, Still Alice, is a pseudo-memoir of a Harvard University Professor who develops early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Genova’s book centres on Sarah Nickleson, a 37-year-old vice-president of human resources at an international consulting firm, and her young family. Sarah struggles to juggle the conflicting demands of work and family life. Her life takes a dramatic twist when she overturns her car and sustains a traumatic brain injury, leaving her with profound left visuospatial neglect. The second half of the book documents Sarah’s rehabilitation, including the reappearance of her previously long-term absent mother which forces Sarah to …

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  • Contributors TM and KH contributed equally to the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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