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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 / Sam Kean.

Kean, Sam (author.).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Eckhart PL - Main 617.4 KEA (Text) 840191002626277 Adult Nonfiction - Upper Level Available -
Greentown PL - Greentown 617.4 KEAN (Text) 75342000082896 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316182355 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 407 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-395) and index.
Formatted 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, etc.:
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.
Neuropsychology > Popular works.
Brain > Physiology > Popular works.
Brain > Diseases > Popular works.
Neurosciences > History.

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