Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience:Historical and Literary Connections, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0444632751
  • ISBN-13: 9780444632753
  • DDC: 616.809
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 368 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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This well-established international series examines major areas of basic and clinical research within neuroscience, as well as emerging and promising subfields. This volume on the neurosciences, neurology, and literature vividly shows how science and the humanities can come together --- and have come together in the past. Its sections provide a new, broad look at these interactions, which have received surprisingly little attention in the past. Experts in the field cover literature as a window to neurological and scientific zeitgeists, theories of brain and mind in literature, famous authors and their suspected neurological disorders, and how neurological disorders and treatments have been described in literature. In addition, a myriad of other topics are covered, including some on famous authors whose important connections to the neurosciences have been overlooked (e.g., Roget, of Thesaurus fame), famous neuroscientists who should also be associated with literature, and some overlooked scientific and medical men who helped others produce great literary works (e,g., Bram Stoker's Dracula). There has not been a volume with this coverage in the past, and the connections it provides should prove fascinating to individuals in science, medicine, history, literature, and various other disciplines. This book looks at literature, medicine, and the brain sciences both historically and in the light of the newest scholarly discoveries and insights.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Advisory Editors.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Literature and Neuroscientific Discoveries.
2: The Overlooked Literary Path to Modern Electrophysiology:Philosophical Dialogues, Novels, and Travel Books.
3: Oscar Wilde and the Brain Cell.
4: Forgetting the Madeleine: Proust and the Neurosciences.
5: Optograms and Criminology:Science, News Reporting, and Fanciful Novels.
6: Theories of Brain and Mind in Literature.
7: Phrenology and Physiognomy in Victorian Literature.
8: Neurological and Psychological Constructs in Sheridan Le Fanu's In a Glass Darkly.
9: Making Literary Connections.
10: Lord Byron's Physician: John William Polidori on Somnambulism.
11: Return of the Living Dead: Re-reading Pierre Flourens' Contributions to Neurophysiology and Literature.
12: Peter Mark Roget: Physician, Scientist, Systematist; his Thesaurus and his Impact on 19th-Century Neuroscience.
13: Bram Stoker's Brother, the Brain Surgeon.
14: Gustave Flaubert, Charles Dickens, and Isaac Pulvermacher's “Magic Band”.
15: Alexander Forbes, Walter Cannon, and Science-Based Literature.
16: Creativity and Aesthetics.
17: Neurology, Poetry and the First World War of 1914–1918.
18: Epilepsy in Dostoevsky.
19: Mindblindness Metaphor and Neuroaesthetics in the Works of Silas Weir Mitchell and Simon Baron-Cohen.
20: Literary Aesthetics: Beauty, the Brain, and Mrs. Dalloway.
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