The case of Nora was supposed to be the first of a series of case studies by Moshe Feldenkrais, each describing a few of the major elements of his work. Unfortunately, due to a busy lecture schedule and an early death, Moshe never finished any of the other case studies. This book however, provides sufficient insight in the Feldenkrais method and way of thinking to wet your appetite for more. And more. The major theme in The case of Nora is learning in a non-rational perspective. Nora, an intelligent and well-educated woman in her early sixties, has severe problems functioning normally after a stroke. She can not read, write, dress or otherwise take care of herself. Moshe takes the reader on a guided tour through her treatment, explaining his own search into the nature of Noras problems in a fascinating, Sherlock Holmes like way. The case of Nora is a wonderful trip through the authors mind. It is challenging and written on many levels: as with good wines, the longer the book is in your possession, the more valuable it becomes. Comparable to a 1971 Chateau Margeaux, I would dare say. Simply Brilliant.
This book details a process taking place between a very remarkable man and a client with an apparently hopeless condition. It suggests how a health service (any health service, anywhere) might function in dealing with clients presenting seemingly intractable problems. Highly recommended to anyone working in any therapeutic milieu.