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Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology

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How does the brain construct a "self," the essence of who we are as individuals? And how does the self respond to the deconstruction of its brain? A neuropsychologist with twenty-five years' experience and a runner-up for the prestigious Wellcome Trust Science Prize, Paul Broks writes with a doctor's precision and clarity in a series of narratives about the fascinating world of the neurologically impaired, delving not only into the inner lives of his patients but into a deeper understanding of how we define who we are.

In "The Sea and the Almond," a young woman who suffers from daily grand mal seizures agrees to a radical surgery that involves removal of the amygdala (from the Greek for almond) and part of the hippocampus (seahorse), which is responsible for memory and all conscious recall. "I Think Therefore I Am Dead" is both a meditation on human consciousness and an intimate case study chronicling Brok's efforts in working with a patient suffering from a debilitating illness that has no diagnosis or cure.

Broks intersperses his accounts of these rare conditions with illuminating studies of what neuroscience can and cannot teach us about the mechanisms that allow us to define ourselves as individuals.

Review:

"With great clarity and easy humor, Broks grapples with philosophical questions....He illuminates the deep fissures and crannies in the nature of individuality..." Bernadette Murphy, The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"A tour-de-force intertwining of the clinical, the personal, the fictive, and the philosophical that doesn't always satisfy, but certainly keeps the pages turning." Kirkus Reviews

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"While [Broks] has readers chewing those insoluble nuggets, he tells his patients' and his own riveting stories, at least one of which, 'To be two or not to be,' is science fiction of the very highest order." Ray Olson, Booklist

Review:

"While he offers no answers, [Broks] does suggest ways that the ego might arise. General readers will find this a thoughtful, absorbing, and, at times, humorous book." Library Journal

Review:

"The new Oliver Sacks." The Times (London)

Review:

"Into the Silent Land is a small, strange, beautiful gem — a brilliant lattice of arresting neurological tales, hard-nosed contemplation, and, unexpectedly, a certain wistfulness. Broks is as much poet as scientist, and in this indelible book, he leads us effortlessly into an unfathomable mystery — how that pale substance we call the brain could create something so etheral and individual as a human mind." Atul Gawande, author of Complications

Synopsis:

A neuropsychologist and a runner-up for the prestigious Wellcome Trust Science Prize, Broks writes with a doctor's precision and clarity in a series of narratives about the fascinating world of the neurologically impaired, delving not only into the inner lives of his patients but also into a deeper understanding of how they define who they are.

Table of Contents

Different Lives 3
The Space behind the Face 17
The Seahorse and the Almond 22
The Sword of the Sun 39
Soul in a Bucket 42
In the Theatre 57
A-Z 65
The Mirror 67
The Visible Man 71
I Think Therefore I Am Dead 89
Vodka and Saliva 105
Body Art 114
The Story of Einstein's Brain 117
Articles of Faith 123
Right This Way, Smiles a Mermaid 132
The Ghost Tree (1) 147
The Ghost Tree (2) 158
The Dreams of Robert Louis Stevenson 171
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 181
Mr. Barrington's Quandary 196
Out of Darkness Cometh Light 200
To Be Two or Not to Be 204
Gulls 226
Further Reading 537
Acknowledgements 246

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871139016
Subtitle:
Travels in Neuropsychology
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Physiological Psychology
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Psychophysiology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Series Volume:
no. 01-4960
Publication Date:
June 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
246
Dimensions:
8.52x6.36x1.00 in. .93 lbs.

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Product details 246 pages Atlantic Monthly Press - English 9780871139016 Reviews:
"Review" by , "With great clarity and easy humor, Broks grapples with philosophical questions....He illuminates the deep fissures and crannies in the nature of individuality..."
"Review" by , "A tour-de-force intertwining of the clinical, the personal, the fictive, and the philosophical that doesn't always satisfy, but certainly keeps the pages turning."
"Review" by , "While [Broks] has readers chewing those insoluble nuggets, he tells his patients' and his own riveting stories, at least one of which, 'To be two or not to be,' is science fiction of the very highest order."
"Review" by , "While he offers no answers, [Broks] does suggest ways that the ego might arise. General readers will find this a thoughtful, absorbing, and, at times, humorous book."
"Review" by , "The new Oliver Sacks."
"Review" by , "Into the Silent Land is a small, strange, beautiful gem — a brilliant lattice of arresting neurological tales, hard-nosed contemplation, and, unexpectedly, a certain wistfulness. Broks is as much poet as scientist, and in this indelible book, he leads us effortlessly into an unfathomable mystery — how that pale substance we call the brain could create something so etheral and individual as a human mind."
"Synopsis" by , A neuropsychologist and a runner-up for the prestigious Wellcome Trust Science Prize, Broks writes with a doctor's precision and clarity in a series of narratives about the fascinating world of the neurologically impaired, delving not only into the inner lives of his patients but also into a deeper understanding of how they define who they are.
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