ISBN 9781784161033,The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons: The Story of a Mathematical Adventure

The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons: The Story of a Mathematical Adventure

Author:

Sam Kean

Publisher:

Random House

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Publisher

Random House

Publication Year 2015
ISBN-13

ISBN 9781784161033

ISBN-10 1784161039
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 496 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Neuroscience

For centuries, scientists had only one way to study the brain wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infections, lobotomies, horrendous accidents, phantom limbs, Siamese twins and see how the victims changed afterwards. In many cases their survival was miraculous and observers marvelled at the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed. Parents suddenly couldn't recognise their children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars and paedophiles. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing. Others couldn't read but could write.

The stories of these people laid the foundations of modern neuroscience and, century by century, key cases taught scientists what every last region of the brain did. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary individuals whose struggles, resilience and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.
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