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The Dying of Enoch Wallace: Life, Death, and the Changing Brain

by Black, Ira B.

  • ISBN: 9780071362085
  • ISBN10: 0071362088

The Dying of Enoch Wallace: Life, Death, and the Changing Brain

by Black, Ira B.

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
  • Publish date: 01/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780071362085
  • ISBN10: 0071362088
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Description: Until recently, theories of the brain and its diseases, and how it gives rise to mind and emotions were based on the model of a static, non-renewable network of nerve cells and their connections. Then, seemingly overnight, a revolutionary new conception of the brain emerged in the mid-1990s. The sudden convergence of discoveries that had been building over decades led to the revelation that, far from being an immutable black box, the brain is a plastic, ever-changing marvel, no less dynamic than our thoughts and emotions -- a complex system that is continually shaped and reshaped by a subtle interplay of genetic cues and life experiences.

To bridge the gap between abstract concepts and real world experience, renowned neuroscientist Ira B. Black uses the decline of Enoch Wallace, a fictionalized Alzheimer's patient, to illuminate the fascinating story of modern neuroscience, drawing us into the world of discovery and scientists, with all their color, idiosyncrasies and genius.

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