The tale of the dueling neurosurgeons : the history of the human brain as revealed by true stories of trauma, madness, and recovery / Sam Kean.
- ISBN: 9780316182348
- ISBN: 0316182346
- Description: 407 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
- 2 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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1 current hold with 4 total copies.
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|Gloucester||Adult New Books||New 617.48/Kean (Text to phone)||On holds shelf||-|
|Beverly Main||NEW||RD 593 .K43 2014 (Text to phone)||In transit||-|
|Danvers||New Books||QP 376 K36 2014 (Text to phone)||Available||-|
|Peabody Main||Adult New Nonfiction||NEW RD 593 .K43 2014 (Text to phone)||Available||-|
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-395) and index.
|Contents Note:|| 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.
|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.
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|Alternate Title:|| Dueling neurosurgeons
History of the human brain