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Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders, Vol 206. Progress in Brain Research

  • ID: 2690467
  • Book
  • December 2013
  • 252 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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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

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Contents include: Shakespeare and Neurology The Overlooked Literary Path to Electrophysiology: Philosophical Dialogues, Novels, and Travel Books Sheridan Le Fanu and the Scientific Millieu of 19th-Century Europe Oscar Wilde and the Brain Cell Forgetting the Madeleine: Proust and the Neurosciences Charcot, La Salpêtrière and Hysteria as Represented in European Literature Willie Kühne, Optography, and Optograms as Represented in Literature Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in literature: Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar Greco-Roman Poetry and the Nervous System Lord Byron's Physician: John William Polidori on Somnambulism Phrenology in Victorian Literature

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