Gloucester: Sawyer Free Library


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, (Author).

  • ISBN: 9780316182348
  • ISBN: 0316182346
  • Description: 407 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.

Available copies

Current holds

1 current hold with 4 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult New Books New 617.48/Kean (Text to phone) Checked out 08/15/2014
Beverly Main NEW RD 593 .K43 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Danvers New Books QP 376 K36 2014 (Text to phone) Checked out 08/16/2014
Peabody Main On Order On Order 157694 (Text to phone) On order -

Content descriptions

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.

Additional Titles

Alternate Title: Dueling neurosurgeons
History of the human brain