Disturbances of the Mind - Douwe DraaismaCambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, Sao Paulo & Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2009, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “Sergei Korsakoff, Alois Alzheimer, James Parkinson, Hans Asperger… all eminent scientists whose names have become synonymous with a disease, a syndrome or an autistic disorder. Although the names of these psychiatrists and neurologists are familiar, we often know little about the individuals themselves and the circumstances surrounding their discoveries. What exactly did they discover, and who were their patients? Douwe Draaisma has expertly reconstructed the lives of these and eight other ‘names’ from the science of mind and brain.
Disturbances of the Mind provides a fascinating, illuminating and, at times, touching insight into the history of brain research. The case histories focus on the syndromes of Asperger, Bonnet, Capgras, Clerambault, Korsakoff and Gilles de la Tourette, and the diseases named after Alzheimer and Parkinson, as well as the areas of Broca and Brodmann, Jackson’s epilepsy and the Gage matrix. Thanks to Draaisma’s unerring eye and elegant, engaging style, each of these case histories is brought to life and transformed into an unforgettable tale.”