The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean

This sounds sort of fascinating.


Siamese-twin brains. Viruses that eat patients’ memories. Blind people who “see” through their tongues. Stroke victims who can’t speak but can still sing…

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

Sam KeanOfficial bio:
Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he’s a writer in Washington, D.C. His new book is The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. His first two books, The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb were national bestsellers, and both were named an Amazon “Top 5” science books of the year. The Disappearing Spoon was nominated by the Royal Society for one of the top science books of 2010, while The Violinist’s Thumb was a finalist for PEN’s literary science writing award. His work has also been featured on “Radiolab” and…

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2 responses to “The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean

  1. “Sort of” fascinating? Sam Kean may be the only author on the planet who could get me to read every page of a book on the Periodic Table of the Elements. Astonishing how he brings to life the mysterious chart on classroom walls, all those boxes with numbers and letters. There’s an order to it that every teacher should teach their students, but they don’t. If I were CEO of the planet, I’d make “Disappearing Spoon” mandatory reading for all teachers. I really need to devote a whole blog or two to this book….
    Dueling Neurosurgeons is sure to be just as good. Sam Kean is to science what Ken Burns is to history.

  2. Carol, when I say “sort of” I’m just kinda sorta maybe sorta kinda saying it sounds interesting. It’s the way I talk, and I blogs hows I’s talks okays?

    sheeshes… 😛

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