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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

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Kean
ISBN: 9780316182348 0316182346
OCLC Number: 870336349
Description: 407 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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.
Other Titles: Dueling neurosurgeons
History of the human brain as revealed by true stories of trauma, madness, and recovery
Responsibility: Sam Kean.

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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.

The author of the best-seller The Disappearing Spoon offers fascinating tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience.

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