Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0444633871
  • ISBN-13: 9780444633873
  • DDC: 616.809
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 252 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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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: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders in Literature.
2: William Shakespeare's Neurology.
3: Locked-in: The Syndrome as Depicted in Literature.
4: Meningitis, a Whirlpool of Death: Literary Reflections and Russian Cultural Beliefs.
5: Parkinsonism in Poets and Writers.
6: Neurosyphilitics and Madmen: The French Fin-de-siècle Fictions of Huysmans, Lermina, and Maupassant.
7: Charcot, La Salpêtrière, and Hysteria as Represented in European Literature.
8: Historical and Literary Roots of Münchhausen Syndromes: As Intriguing as the Syndromes Themselves.
9: The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.
10: Tomas Tranströmer's Stroke of Genius: Language but No Words.
11: Treating Neurological Disorders in the Media and Literature.
12: The Cruelty and Failings of Therapies for Neurological Diseases in French Literature.
13: Portrayals of Lobotomy in American and Swedish Media.
14: Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in Literature: Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.