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Book Title: Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology|
The author of the book: Paul Broks
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.42 MB
Edition: Atlantic Monthly Press
Date of issue: July 14th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780871139016
Read full description of the books Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology: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 narravtives 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 grandmal seizures agrees toa 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.
Read information about the author"Paul Broks is an English neuropyschologist and science writer. He is currently Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Plymouth and Honorary Consultant in Neuropsychology. He is a regular contributor to Prospect and has written for The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and Granta.
Paul Broks trained as a clinical psychologist at Oxford University and went on to specialize in neuropsychology. He has pursued a career combining both clinical practice and basic research. He lives in Cornwall with his wife and two sons."
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