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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.
Very interesting read. Had to read for a class and found the material pretty enjoyable.Published 1 day ago by VP
Dr. V. S. Ramachandran is a top neuroscientist, who is internationally respected. I have acquired a great deal of insight into the functioning of the human brain. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Suresh C. Mathur
I value Dr.Ramacgandran's perspective of neurological conditions and diseases. He is clearly an expert in his field. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mary-Claire
I bought this book looking for examples of how mirror therapy helped stoke patient's with regaining use of their lower extremities after a stroke since I work in PT. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Gregory B Worth
Phantoms in the Brain is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. Ramachandran, world-renowned neuroscientist, revolutionizes our traditional notions of self-awareness. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ismael Galvan
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 4 months ago by Carmces