The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery Author Sam Kean
ISBN-10 0316182354
ISBN-13 9780316182355
Year 2015-06-09
Pages 432
Language English
Publisher Back Bay Books
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From the author of the bestsellers The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist s Thumb fascinating tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience Early studies of the functions of the human brain used a simple method wait for misfortune to strike strokes seizures infectious diseases lobotomies horrendous accidents and see how the victim coped In many cases survival was miraculous and observers could only marvel at the transformations that took place afterward altering victims personalities An injury to one section can leave a person unable to recognize loved ones some brain trauma can even make you a pathological gambler pedophile or liar But a few scientists realized that these injuries were an opportunity for studying brain function at its extremes With lucid explanations and incisive wit Sam Kean explains the brain s secret passageways while recounting forgotten stories of common people whose struggles resiliency and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible

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