Language: English Brand New. 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. N° de réf. du libraire
Synopsis : 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.
Critique: "Kean's lively new book unpacks a bundle of fascinating, alarming and sometimes heartbreaking case histories" Mail on Sunday "Entertaining... Some of his stories are astonishing... Kean tells a good story and asks the right questions" The Sunday Times "Kean...reveal[s] how intracranial calamities have built neuroscience case by puzzled-out case, gross anatomy to consciousness. However pop the science, there is much to compel" Nature "The author's skill in illuminating how the brain functions and malfunctions manifest themselves in people's lives makes for absorbing reading...These avowals ultimately raise weighty, compelling questions about the nature of identity and what it means to be human" Wall Street Journal
Titre : The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The ...
Éditeur : Blackstone Audiobooks
Date d'édition : 2014
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Unabridged.
Description du livre Blackstone Audio. État : BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Audiobook on Library CD - Unabridged A Brand New Quality Audiobook from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. N° de réf. du libraire 2225513
Description du livre Blackstone Audiobooks, 2014. Audio CD. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 1478901187