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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

By Sam Kean
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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 by Sam Kean

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons (2014) is a trip into the fascinating world of the human brain via some of the strangest psychological case studies in history. Until quite recently, neuroscientists could only study the brain by analyzing the thoughts and behaviors of people with aberrant brains. Sam Kean uses these historic case studies to paint a picture of the organ that creates our emotions, personality and consciousness.

  • Psychology and neuroscience students
  • Anyone who wants to understand their own mind
  • Anyone interested in unusual medical conditions

Sam Kean is a contributor to numerous scientific journals, the New York Times and Psychology Today. He’s published two other bestselling science history books: The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb.

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