Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Brain, Body, and Soul

The Economist reviews what appears to be an excellent new book on the human brain, PORTRAIT OF THE BRAIN. From the review:

Adam Zeman draws on literature, the history of science, and his practice as a consultant neurologist to paint a portrait which, like the brain itself, is elegantly arranged. A chapter apiece is devoted to each of the organ's structures, building up from atom to psyche, and rounded off with a chapter on the soul.

The book tells the stories of patients with a variety of neurological disorders, from epilepsy and chronic fatigue to narcolepsy and compulsive fidgeting. It even has a chapter on Creutzfeldt-Jakob, a rare and incurable degenerative neurological disorder, which makes an appearance in Dr. Olaf as well!

Thanks to Kathy for passing along the link!

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