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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 (2014)

Call Number 617.4802/KEAN,S

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Adult Nonfiction617.4802/KEAN,SAvailable
Published: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition:  First edition
Description:  407 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9780316182348 (hardcover), 9780316182348, 0316182346 :,
Language:  English

The dueling neurosurgeons -- The assassin's soup -- Wiring and rewiring -- Facing brain damage -- The brain's motor -- The laughing disease -- Sex and punishment -- The sacred disease -- "Sleights of mind" -- Honest lying -- Left, right, and center -- The man, the myth, the legend

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If you enjoy entertaining nonfiction about the history of brain science, this is the book for you!


Each chapter starts with a rebus that describes the part of the brain which that chapter addresses. No prior knowledge of neurology is needed to understand Kean's work, but he doesn't dumb it down either. The stories from throughout history are fascinating and fun. Some of the descriptions get a bit icky (there were several references to the "custardy" consistancy of a fresh brain) but he doesn't dwell on it or go into gorey detail. And cringing through those moments were worth it to learn about the various characters of medical history who contributed, often through great sacrifice, to our knowledge of the human brain.


When was the last time you read a book full of giants, cannibals, and jousting kings... and it was all true?

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