Into the Silent Land

Into the Silent Land

Travels in Neuropsychology

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
A leading neuropsychologist journeys into the mysteries of his field in a fascinating collection of narratives that explore the world of the neurologically impaired, in such essays as "The Sea and the Almond," about a young woman who agrees to a radical surgery to eliminate her seizures, and "I Think Therefore I Am Dead," about a patient with a debilitating illness without diagnosis or cure.

Blackwell North Amer
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 radical surgery that involved 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. Fusing class cases of neuropsychology with the author's own case studies, personal vignettes, philosophical debate, and thought-provoking riffs and meditations on the nature of neurological impairments and dysfunctions, Into the Silent Land is an illuminating study of what neuroscience can and cannot teach us about the mechanisms that allow us to define ourselves as individuals.

Baker
& Taylor

A leading neuropsychologist journeys into the mysteries of his field in a collection of narratives that explore the world of the neurologically impaired.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780871139016
0871139014
Branch Call Number: 152 BRO
Characteristics: 246 p. ;,22 cm.

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Oct 13, 2012

I'm in a "How does the brain work" pattern of reading, so I got this on from the library. Yes, there is information on how the brain works with anecdotes of patients Brok has treated or read about but the thing that makes this book different is the way Brok probes into the realm of philosophy. If the brain is just "meat," where is that which makes the person. He never calls it a "soul" because he doesn't believe in the soul as commonly defined. But his points are intriguing and thought-provoking. I think I'd like to read this one again after I've read a few more neurophysiology/behavior books to see if I come to the same conclusions I have now.

luchs Sep 11, 2012

A fascinating book. This is the book that first got me into neuropsychology and all the amazing things our brain is capable of. Broks touches on several topics, ranging from anecdotes of his brain injury patients, to the basics of brain vs mind, to the abstract theory of self.

I'd take Broks over Sacks any day.

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