Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Edited by

  • Stanley Finger, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Francois Boller, George Washington University Medical School, Washington, DC, USA
  • Anne Stiles, St. Louis University, USA

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.
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Neuroscientists, psychologists, neurologists


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-63364-4

Table of Contents

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