The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History Of The Human Brain As Revealed By True Stories…

Paperback | June 9, 2015

bySam Kean

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From the author of the bestsellersThe Disappearing SpoonandThe Violinist's Thumb, fascinating tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience.

Early studies of the functions of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike-strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, lobotomies, horrendous accidents-and see how the victim coped. In many cases survival was miraculous, and observers could only marvel at the transformations that took place afterward, altering victims' personalities. An injury to one section can leave a person unable to recognize loved ones; some brain trauma can even make you a pathological gambler, pedophile, or liar. But a few scientists realized that these injuries were an opportunity for studying brain function at its extremes. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explains the brain's secret passageways while recounting forgotten stories of common people whose struggles, resiliency, and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible.

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From the author of the bestsellersThe Disappearing SpoonandThe Violinist's Thumb, fascinating tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience.Early studies of the functions of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike-strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, lobotomies, horrendous accidents-and see how the v...

Sam Keanis the author of theNew York TimesbestsellersThe Disappearing SpoonandThe Violinist's Thumb. His work has appeared inNew York Times Magazine,Mental Floss,Slate, andNew Scientist, and has been featured on NPR's "Radiolab" and "All Things Considered."

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:June 9, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316182354

ISBN - 13:9780316182355

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"Breezy, informal, entertaining stories that link what we now know of the nervous system to events and personalities of the past."-James W. Kalat, American Psychological Association's PsycCRITIQUES