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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

by Kean, Sam,

Format: Large Print 2014
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - Library for the Blind Large Print Books QP376.K35 2014bx CL15682
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
 
Collection  Large Print Books
 
Call Number  QP376.K35 2014bx CL15682
 
 
CLP - Library for the Blind Large Print Books QP376.K35 2014bx CL15682
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
 
Collection  Large Print Books
 
Call Number  QP376.K35 2014bx CL15682
 
 
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction LP 617.4 KEAN
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Non Fiction
 
Call Number  LP 617.4 KEAN
 
 
Summary
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorEarly studies of human brain function used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike -- strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, lobotomies, accidents -- and observe how the victim coped. 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Science writer Kean explores the vagaries and inconsistencies of the human brain via diverting stories that chronicle medical science's fits and starts. To say these are diverting is, however, an oversimplification since their subjects primarily unfortunate individuals with brain injuries command sympathy if not empathy. Yet Kean's focus is on their contribution to the field of neuroscience along with, in too many instances, the misguided misinformation of the medical professionals who treated them. Take the case of France's King Henry II. When he lost his right eye plus a bit of his brain to a poorly aimed jousting spear, his physicians' limited knowledge of the brain's physiognomy cost him his life. Then there's President Garfield's assassin, Charles Guiteau, whose undiagnosed bipolar mind was further addled by syphilis and who, naturally . . . thought himself fit for politics. To pick up one of these stories is to lose oneself in them. Where does the brain end and the mind begin? Curious readers will find both brain and mind fully revved up while engaging with this powerfully appealing and thought-provoking work of neuroscience history.--Chavez, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Science writer Kean (The Disappearing Spoon) delves into the strange ways we've learned about the workings of our brains, rejuvenating with invigorating detail anecdotes that otherwise receive only brief textbook mention. Even his organization, with each chapter devoted to a particular scientific discovery, is assembled to be most effectively processed by the brain and its capacities for chunking smaller units of information. Reading this collection is like touring a museum of neuroscience's most dramatic anomalies, each chapter taking us to a different place and time. We see how the death of King Henry II of France initiated a curiosity for anatomy that persists today, learn that some of the most innovative theories of neuron function came from studying frog hearts, and how Paul Broca discovered the brain's "first language node." Of course, no collection of science's most enlightening maladies is complete without mention of Phineas Gage's famous incident with a tamping iron, but here it is rendered afresh. Indeed, Kean's colloquial language and intimate voice bring all of this series of mini-histories to life-all of which are sure to stimulate a wide range of brains. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print nonfiction series.
Subjects Brain -- Popular works.
Brain -- Diseases -- Popular works.
Brain -- Physiology -- Popular works.
Neuropsychology -- Popular works.
Neurosciences -- Popular works.
Large type books.
Publisher Waterville, Maine :2014
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Description 679 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 647-677).
ISBN 9781410471567
141047156X
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