The Man with the Bionic Brain: And Other Victories Over Paralysis

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Chicago Review Press, 2012 - Medical - 353 pages
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"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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Contents

1 At the Gateway to the Brain
3
2 The Hunting Knife at the Beach Party
11
3 Stairway to Recovery
31
4 Alive in the Electric Chair
47
5 Parade with the Patriots
69
6 Riding with an Electric Leg
87
7 Mt Sinais Medical Commandments and the Wheelchair Superman
101
8 Monkeys Playing Video Games
121
14 Skating Away from a Stroke
221
15 The Bionic Man
239
16 Imagining a God
263
17 A Starship Troopers Electronic Suit
275
18 In Flight
285
19 Aflame in Red Chrysanthemums
301
20 Passing the Baton in the Race with Paralysis
309
Epilogue
313

9 A Walk Around the Lake
133
10 Navigating a Study Through Two Research Review Boards
143
11 Play It Again
161
12 The Antiseptic Baptism and the Neurosurgeons Gift
175
13 Wired Connected and Waiting for Signals
197
Acknowledgments
325
Notes
330
Index
339
Back Cover
355
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Jon Mukand, MD, PhD, is a rehabilitation medicine specialist and the medical director of the Southern New England Rehabilitation Center. He serves on the clinical faculty of Brown University and Tufts University. Mukand earned his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin, his MA in English and creative writing from Stanford University, and his PhD in English literature from Brown. He is the editor of Vital Lines: Contemporary Fiction about Medicine, Articulations: The Body and Illness in Poetry, and Rehabilitation for Patients with HIV Disease.

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