New Mind, New Body : Bio-Feedback, New Directions for the Mind by Barbara B. Brown
First Book on Biofeedback
This is a great book. When it first came out in hard cover in 1974, it was telling the story of biofeedback to the world for the first time. Hugh Downs, of 60 Minutes fame, wrote the foreword. This book is still worth reading. It give a great overview of most of the applications of biofeedback, except for the new applications of EEG, which Jim Robbin's Symphony in the Brain does a great job at catching us up on. It also leaves out many some of the newer cardiorespiratory approaches such as heart rate variability and respiratory sinus arrhythmia feedback, But, to my knowledge, no books have yet been written which cover these areas. (tapes of workshops are available)
Other areas not covered, include more advanced EMG applications, including incontinence, rehab, multichannel EMG kinesiological assessment....
But, even without those areas covered, this is a great book and anyone working with biofeedback should get a copy, particularly practitioners.
Barbara Brown was one of the early pioneers in the development and popularization of biofeedback. She did her research at the VA Hospital in Sepulveda California and was one of the cofounders of the original Biofeedback Research Society of America, with Elmer Green (Beyond Biofeedback) and Joe Kamiya (web book Textbook of Brain Biofeedback.) I was fortunate to get to know her a bit, having breakfast with her several years in a row at the annual biofeedback meeting (now AAPB, for which I am currently Public information officer.)
She was a tough crusty little gal. It must have taken that kind of feistiness to work in a field that was just being created, standing up against a much bigger medical model that, at the time believed that the autonomic nervous system was the "involuntary" one. She, and her early colleagues (Basmajian, Green, Kamiya, Taub, Budzynski, to name a few) obliterated the concept of the involuntary nervous system, scientifically proving (or inspiring further research that showed) that people could learn to control just about any physiological function that was fed back using biofeedback technology.
While out of print, this book is usually fairly easy to find in Amazon's used section, used bookstores or other sources. I always try to keep extra copies to hand out to my clients (in addition to Symphony in the Brain.)
I'd rate it a five star, except that it is already a quarter century old, and does not cover all biofeedback applications.