The Man with the Bionic Brain: And Other Victories Over Paralysis
"After he was stabbed, Matthew Nagle, a former high school football star, made scientific history when neurosurgeons implanted a microelectrode in his brain. Using BrainGate technology, Matt could merely think about moving a computer cursor--and it moved. He controlled the lights, manipulated his prosthetic hand, turned the TV off and on, and played video games, all just by thinking. In The Man with the Bionic Brain, Dr. Jon Mukand, Matt's research physician and a specialist in rehabilitation medicine, weaves together the stories of Matt and other survivors of stroke, spinal injuries, and brain trauma; his relationship with them; and the technology that is working miracles. Advances in biomedicine are a matter of life and death for the patients, but they are often caught in the crossfire of cultural wars over the limits of science, from animal studies to the FDA, financing, and publication. In an era of wounded veterans and an aging population, The Man with the Bionic Brain provides inspiration and insight into the possibilities of technology and explores cutting-edge human research and the attendant ethical, political, social, and financial controversies. Ultimately, the book is about people with disabilities realizing their dreams of healing their damaged bodies and regaining any measure of control"--
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The Man with the Bionic Brain and Other Victories over ParalysisUser Review - Book Verdict
When a knife severed his spinal cord, Matthew Nagle was instantly transformed from an active young man to an individual who could neither feel nor move below his upper shoulders and who was dependent on a machine for every breath and on others for help with every bodily function. Rehabilitation medicine specialist Mukand (medical director, Southern New England Rehabilitation Ctr.; editor, Vital Lines: Contemporary Fiction About Medicine) tells Nagle's story unflinchingly, showing the injury's brutal physical and emotional impact on Nagle and everyone in his life, but also in a way that will move readers. Mukand worked with Nagle as he became a research recipient of BrainGate, a device implanted in his brain that recorded brain waves and eventually allowed him to gain some control over a computer cursor and a robotic hand. VERDICT This should appeal to general readers, who will find a well-written and moving human story alongside clear, well-explained examples of the latest developments in this medical technology.óDick Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver
Review: The Man with the Bionic Brain: And Other Victories over ParalysisUser Review - Goodreads
Enjoyed it. Super interesting. To think of what is coming in the future.