Sam Kean

discusses

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons:
The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

This event includes a book signing

Date

May
9
Friday
May 9, 2014
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon SAM KEAN for a discussion of his latest book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery.

Early studies of the functions of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike—strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, lobotomies, horrendous accidents—and see how the victim coped. In many cases survival was miraculous, and observers could only marvel at the transformations that took place afterward, altering victims' personalities. An injury to one section can leave a person unable to recognize loved ones; some brain trauma can even make you a pathological gambler, pedophile, or liar. But a few scientists realized that these injuries were an opportunity for studying brain function at its extremes. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explains the brain's secret passageways while recounting forgotten stories of common people whose struggles, resiliency, and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible.

"This is Sam Kean's finest work yet, an entertaining and offbeat history of the brain populated with mad scientists, deranged criminals, geniuses, and wretched souls. The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons is one of those books that will have you following your friends around, reading passages out loud, until they snatch the book away from you and read it for themselves. Good luck getting it back."—Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

Sam Kean
Sam Kean

Sam Kean

Sam Kean is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist's Thumb, as well as the brand-new book The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. His work has been featured on NPR's "Radiolab," "All Things Considered," and "Fresh Air."

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