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The writings of Oliver Sacks and others have shown us that we can learn much about ourselves by looking closely at the deficits shown by people with neurological problems. V.S. Ramachandran has seen countless patients suffering from anosognosia, phantom limb pain, blindsight, and other disorders, and he brings a remarkable mixture of clinical intuition and research savvy to bear on their problems. He is one of the few scientists who are able and willing to explore the personal, subjective ramifications of his work; he rehumanizes an often too-sterile field and captures the spirit of wonder so essential for true discovery. Phantoms in the Brain is equal parts medical mystery, scientific adventure, and philosophical speculation; Ramachandran's writing is smart, caring, and very, very funny.
Whether you're curious about the workings of the brain, interested in alternatives to expensive, high-tech science (much of Ramachandran's research is done with materials found around the home), or simply want a fresh perspective on the nature of human consciousness, you'll find satisfaction with Phantoms in the Brain. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a great book and a very interesting read.
Ramachandran is more technical than Oliver Sacks writing style in Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, but it is still very readable and thought provoking.
There is also a helpful bibliography and suggested reading list at the end of the book for those who wish to delve more deeply into the subject.
Ramachandran captures my interest and keeps me reading! Before I realize it, I have learned about how the brain works and am asking existential questions. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Carmces
One of the best books I have ever read. Ramachandran presents many disorders due to traumatic brain injury that are completely fascinating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LV
Educational. Deeply interesting. Well crafted. Engaging. A very satisfying read. I will be definitely looking for more from V.S.R. to put on my reading list.Published 8 months ago by rob0bOy
This book certainly made an impression when I first read it. However, as I learned more about neuroscience I began to realize that Ramachandran often shaped his accounts to make it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Austin Gallaher
Read this and you will never think about yourself in the same way again. Full of interesting and informative facts.Published 10 months ago by Scott Purlee
Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:
1- "I mention this episode to emphasize that a single medical student or resident whose... Read more
From the front cover to the very last page, Dr. Ramachandran presented the science of the brain at a level even a child could comprehend. Read morePublished 10 months ago by AlwaysTrue
super fast shipping and a great price for a book that is in perfect condition. it made a great gift for my sister who wants to be a psychiatrist in the future!Published 11 months ago by Camelia Milnes