The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

IMG_3028.JPGThe Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean takes us on a journey of how we have come to understand how the brain works. He begins with a simple explanation of the brain and then continues through the parts of the brain with case studies that were crucial to doctors and scientists understanding the detailed functions of each part.

There are a lot of tales of injury and woe in this book. But there’s a hell of a lot or resiliency, too. We’re all fragile, and we’re all very, very strong… No one’s brain gets through life unscathed. But the thing about the brain is that, despite what changes, so much remains intact. (p. 355)

This book was a very helpful primer on the brain and how it works. I especially enjoyed reading the case studies that demonstrated neuroplasticity.

Who would I recommend this too? Anyone who enjoys easy to read light non-fiction.