Sam Kean

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

Talk: The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

Science writer Sam Kean visited Google's Cambridge, MA office to discuss his book, "The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery". In this book, he shows how neuroscience developed over the centuries: wait for misfortune to strike -- strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents -- and see how victims coped. Special bonus! If you're a descendant of the French House of Valois, the book’s title refers to what happened after king Henri II, was lanced through the skull during a joust in 1559.

Sam Kean

Sam Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, Psychology Today, and The New Scientist. He has also published three books which discuss scientific discoveries in a narrative style.

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues.

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