Kean, S: Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons
The History of Human Brain As Revealed By True Stories of Trauma,
Early studies of the functions of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, horrendous accidents - and see how the victim coped. The author explains the brain's secret passageways while recounting stories of common people whose struggles, resiliency, and humanity made modern neuroscience possible.
Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a child and now he is a writer in Washington DC. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, Air & Space/Smithsonian and New Scientist. In 2009 he was a runner-up for the National Association of Science Writers' Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for best science writer under the age of thirty. He currently writes for Science. His first book, The Disappearing Spoon, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Royal Society's Winton Prize for science writing in the UK. He followed this with The Violinist's Thumb, about the discovery of DNA and the mapping of the human genome. This is his third book.