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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: Book on CD 2014
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Northland Public Library Audio Books 617.48 K19 (COMPACT DISC)
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Audio Books
Call Number  617.48 K19 (COMPACT DISC)
Whitehall Public Library AudioBook Collection ANFCD Kean
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  AudioBook Collection
Call Number  ANFCD Kean
From the author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon comes this tale 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.
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
Subjects Brain -- Popular works.
Neuropsychology -- Popular works.
Brain -- Physiology -- Popular works.
Brain -- Diseases -- Popular works.
Neurosciences -- Popular works.
Brain -- Diseases.
Brain -- Physiology.
Popular works.
Publisher [Ashland, Oregon] : New York, NY :2014
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Leyva, Henry, narrator.
Hachette Audio (Firm)
Blackstone Audio, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Henry Leyva.
Language English
Notes Compact discs.
Duration: 12:30:00.
"Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking"--Container.
Description 11 audio discs (approximately 12.5 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781478901211
9781478901181 (library ed.)
1478901187 (library ed.)
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