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Louann Brizendine’s “The Female Brain”

Posted in Books, Non-Fiction, The Female Brain with tags , , , , , , on 3 February, 2009 by Nicola

This book is quite fun to read and highly accessible even to people that have no background in science or biology.  Although the research and the findings are serious, Louann Brizendine uses examples of her prior patients to explain her meanings and she is very good at this.  I am absolutely useless at science, but I was not baffled by anything she had to say.

This work has a hundred pages of references, which, on the surface, seems to reinforce its scientific findings, but the references are not easy to follow.  The book sometimes takes a tone of suggestion or theory rather than exact science, since no signifiers of a reference or footnotes are made within the main body of the work itself.  You therefore have to keep flipping to the back to see which of her statements are backed up by research and which statements are simply her own.  Without the distinction, which statements do we take as facts, and which do we take as her own theory?  Do we want to keep flipping to the back to find out?  Not really. Continue reading