The Brain

A Beginner's Guide

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About The Book

It has been remarked that if the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t. However, as the authors of this accessible guide demonstrate, there are at least some things we do understand about the brain, and this knowedge can shed new light on our conception of ourselves and the workings of our minds. Covering crude ancient neuroscience, sleep, language and even philosophical questions about the nature of consciousness, this lively and entertaining introduction assumes no previous scientific knowledge and will fascinate readers of all backgrounds.

About The Authors

Ammar Al-Chalabi is Honorary Honorary Consultant Neurologist at King's College Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics at King's College London.

Martin R. Turner is a Specialist Registrar in Neurology at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and a Clinical Tutorial Fellow at Green College, Oxford University.

R. Shane Delamont is a Consultant Neurologist at King's College Hospital. He has extensive experience of teaching the key principles of neuroscience.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (February 1, 2008)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780740539

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"This is a thoughtfully set out book that is more accessible than the Oxford very short introduction for the general reader."

– Scientific and Medical Network

"An excellent introduction which explains some difficult concepts in a clear and entertaining way."

– Nigel Leigh - Professor of Neurology, King's College, London

"A concise primer that summarizes the fascinating complexity of the brain in a memorable and refreshingly graspable manner."

– Robert Brown - Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

"A virtuoso performance! The book is technical, easy to read and entertaining."

– Garth Nicholson - Associate Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Sydney

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