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The tale of the dueling neurosurgeons : the history of the human brain as revealed by true stories of trauma, madness, and recovery / Sam Kean.

  • Kean, Sam
Date
2014
  • Books

About this work

Also known as

Dueling neurosurgeons
History of the human brain

Description

Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike--strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents--and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. Parents suddenly couldn't recognize their own children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing. Sam Kean explains the brain's secret passageways and recounts forgotten tales of the ordinary people whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible.--From publisher description.

Publication/Creation

New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.

Physical description

407 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Contributors

Edition

First edition.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-395) and index.

Contents

Gross anatomy. The dueling neurosurgeons -- Cells, senses, circuits. The assassin's soup ; Wiring and rewiring ; Facing brain damage -- Body and brain. The brain's motor ; The laughing disease ; Sex and punishment -- Beliefs and delusions. The sacred disease ; "Sleights of mind" -- Consciousness. Honest lying ; Left, right, and center ; The man, the myth, the legend.

Languages

  • English


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    History of Medicine
    PI /KEA
    Open shelves

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Identifiers

ISBN

  • 9780316182348
  • 0316182346