By Sam Kean
The writer of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon unearths the key internal workings of the mind via unusual yet actual stories.
Early reviews of the human mind used an easy approach: look forward to misfortune to strike — strokes, seizures, infectious ailments, horrendous injuries — and spot how sufferers coped. in lots of situations their survival used to be fantastic, if complicated. Observers have been surprised by means of the variations that happened while assorted components of the mind have been destroyed, changing victims' personalities. mom and dad without warning couldn't realize their very own young ones. Pillars of the group turned pathological liars. a few humans couldn't communicate yet may nonetheless sing.
In The story of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean travels via time with tales of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese dual brains, viruses that devour patients' thoughts, blind those that see via their tongues. He weaves those narratives including prose that makes the pages fly by means of, to create a narrative of discovery that reaches again to the 1500s and the high-profile jousting twist of fate that encouraged this book's title.* With the lucid, masterful motives and razor-sharp wit his enthusiasts have come to count on, Kean explores the brain's mystery passageways and recounts the forgotten stories of the standard humans whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made neuroscience attainable.
*"The story of the Dueling Neurosurgeons" refers back to the case of French king Henri II, who in 1559 used to be lanced in the course of the cranium in the course of a joust, leading to some of the most major instances in neuroscience historical past. for centuries scientists have won very important classes from tense injuries and health problems, and such misfortunes nonetheless symbolize their maximum source for discovery.