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Conversations With Neil's Brain: The Neural Nature Of Thought And Language

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In a series of stories before, after, and even during neurosurgery, an epileptic patient, Neil; his surgeon, George Ojemann; and neuroscientist William Calvin work together to remove a portion of Neil’s temporal lobe. If they do it right, they will have a good chance of putting an end to Neil’s seizures. If they slice too far to the left or right, they will wipe out ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 25th 1995 by Basic Books (first published 1994)
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May 12, 2013 Emi rated it really liked it
I had mixed feelings when I started to read this book as it was an obligatory book for one of my subject seminars. Studying Conference Interpretation, neurology isn't exactly a topic I had a lot of knowledge on. My biggest concern was, will I even understand this book?

I breezed through it in 3 days. The way it was written and the easy to comprehend explanations of how different brain parts work made it very enjoyable. Moreover, I actually managed to remember quite a lot of the information given
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This book was fairly weak, perhaps ultimately because there isn't enough known about the topic of the book (thought, language, and the brain) to make the book interesting. Most of it was if you poke the brain here or destroy this part of the brain, so-and-so happens. Definitely one of those books that should have been an essay but they dragged it out into a full book to try to make a little $$.
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This is one of those books I've bought more than once. I can never hold onto my own copy long, before I find someone to whom I must give it. Neurology has never entertained me more than in these pages.
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The first time I read this book was in college. I have since reread this book a few times. It's a fascinating look at the parts of the brain and how the brain works. It brings the science of the brain to life.
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William H. Calvin, Ph.D., is a theoretical neurobiologist, Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of a dozen books, mostly for general readers, about brains and evolution.

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