The Brain: A Beginner's Guide

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Oneworld, 2006 - Medical - 212 pages
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It has been remarked that if the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't. However, as the authors of this accessible guide demonstrate, there are at least some things we do understand about the brain, things which may lead us to think quite differently about the way we view ourselves and workings of our minds. Starting off with a brief tour of the history of neuroscience, from Aristotle's view that the function of the brain was to cool the heart to the ancient practice of drilling a hole in the skull to relieve headaches, the book covers all of the key areas - including the anatomy and development of the brain, the workings of the sensory and nervous systems, the function of sleep and the capacity for language - in a clear and comprehensible manner. The authors also consider the roots - and possible treatments - of some of the most common psychological disorders, and examine the way in which science may help us to find answers to philosophical questions about the nature of consciousness and the identity of the self. to be able to extend life well beyond the standard three score years and ten, this lively and entertaining introduction assumes no previous scientific knowledge and will be suitable for readers of all backgrounds.

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User Review  - ysulaiman - LibraryThing

For beginners who know little about brains, this relatively brief book is certainly a good guide. The book covers most, if not all, of the major topics that a beginner interested in the brain would ... Read full review


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Ammar Al-Chalabi is an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at King's College Hospital, and a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London Martin R. Turner is a Specialist Registrar in Neurology at The Radcliffe Infirmary, and Tutorial Fellow at Green College, Oxford University R. Shane Delamont is a Consultant Neurologist at King's College Hospital

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