I ran into an interesting guy in the park today. He had come all the way here from Nevada for a case of traumatic brain injury. I hadn’t known about Mount Sinai’s outstanding neurology program, or that people would even cross the U.S. to be treated here. He was a highly-functioning individual at first glance, but further interaction revealed a significant level of impairment. He would be crossing a two-way street, but forget to look the other way while crossing the midline; or he would lose focus as other conversations drifted into hearing range. While he was otherwise neurotypical, he had trouble working with numbers and needed frequent rest; before the injury, he had a job playing cards in Las Vegas. The structure and function of the brain, as well as behavior and psychology, have always caught my interest; but pathology of brain and mind is a topic that I would explore further if I had the opportunity.
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