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Author Kean, Sam, author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Back Bay Books, 2015, c2014.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    617.48 KEA    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction    617.48 KEA    Available
Edition First Back Bay paperback edition.
Description xii, 407, 12 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-395) and index.
Note Includes Reading Group Guide (12 pages).
Contents The dueling neurosurgeons -- The assassin's soup -- Wiring and rewiring -- Facing brain damage -- The brain's motor -- The laughing disease -- Sex and punishment -- The sacred disease -- Sleights of mind -- Honest lying -- Left, right, and center -- The man, the myth, the legend.
Summary 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.
Subject Brain -- Popular works.
Added Title Dueling neurosurgeons
History of the human brain as revealed by true stories of trauma, madness, and recovery
ISBN 9780316182355 (paperback)
0316182354 (paperback)

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