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Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

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.

Neuroscientists, psychologists, neurologists

Included in series
Progress in Brain Research

Hardbound, 252 Pages

Published: December 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-63364-4


  • 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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