Book Review: “The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History Of The Human Brain As Revealed By True Stories Of Trauma, Madness, And Recovery” By Sam Kean (2014, 416 Pages)
An entertaining history of neuroscience. Well, maybe too entertaining.
Sam Kean is a writer and science raconteur.
His book explains how the brain works and the weird adventures that happen when it doesn’t function properly. He recounts the history of neuroscience and some of the – often-tragic – discoveries that helped advance it.
Sam Kean makes neuroscience understandable for those like me without a medical degree. The medical cases are extremely well researched and explained in a very lively manner.
“The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons” is indeed entertaining. However, even if it’s very interesting, I found the book too long on stories and too short on science.
But it’s certainly a matter of taste and expectation.