Little, Brown, and Company 2014
Date finished: 2016-07-25
Like Kean's other books, this is an addictive collection of stories from the history of science. The topic for this one is the brain and how we've learned about its anatomy and functioning. There are famous milestones (H.M.'s loss of memory after the removal of his hippocampus; Phineas Gage's survival after getting a tamping iron blown through his skull; Wilder Penfield's sketch of the cortical homunculus) and obscure historical sidelights (world traveller James Holman, who learned to echolocate with the taps of his cane; Anna Colman Ladd's concealing masks made for WW I vets with facial disfigurements; King Henri II's severe cranial injury in a jousting match). Kean selects his anecdotes well and tells them entertainingly, so it's great educational fun.
%T The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons %S The History of the Human Brain As Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery %A Kean, Sam %K psychology, medicine %G ISBN %I Little, Brown, and Company %P 395pp %D 2014 %@ 2016-07-25 %* *