Siamese-twin brains. Viruses that eat patients’ memories. Blind people who “see” through their tongues. Stroke victims who can’t speak but can still sing…
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
I’m thrilled to introduce my biggest book yet, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, an omnibus of the most dramatic and fascinating stories in neuroscience. Until recently, scientists had only one way to study the brain–wait for disasters to strike and see how people’s minds worked differently afterward. Parents suddenly couldn’t recognize their own children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars. Some people’s “alien hands” would unbutton their own clothes, against their will, in public. These people’s lives laid the foundation of modern neuroscience and taught us what every last region of the brain did.
Here are their stories.
You helped make my first two books, The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb, big hits, and I’d love for this book to have a strong debut as well: early sales help so much to build momentum and word of mouth. You can order Dueling Neurosurgeons through the links below and share word with others through Facebook or Twitter (@sam_kean). And if you enjoy, please consider reviewing it on Amazon, Goodreads, or another site. Even a few words help.
Most of all, if you have friends, family, or acquaintances who might enjoy it, please pass this message along. (There’s also an excerpt here.)
And don’t worry: Dueling Neurosurgeons can be enjoyed by all. Non-scientists will get a lively introduction to the brain’s secret inner workings, and scientists, students, and teachers will learn something startling about the field. There’s enough oddball history and strange science for everyone!
Thank you! I’m really excited about the book…
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2014)
Reblogged this on John L. Monk and commented:
This sounds sort of fascinating.
A lot of people don’t know it, but pure mercury isn’t dangerous. It’s mercury compounds that kill. (don’t go drinking any mercury though, whether it turns to compounds after it encounters stomach acid is beyond my lore)
Sounds interesting. I’m off to read some excerpts. Thanks.