Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience:Historical and Literary Connections

Edited by

  • Anne Stiles, St. Louis University, USA
  • Stanley Finger, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Francois Boller, George Washington University Medical School, Washington, DC, 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: 978-0-444-63273-9

Table of Contents

The Overlooked Literary Path to Modern Electrophysiology: Philosophical Dialogues, Novels, and Travel Books - Stanley Finger
Oscar Wilde and the Brain Cell - Elisha Cohn
Forgetting the Madeleine: Proust and the Neurosciences - Patrick M. Bray
Optograms and Criminology: Science, News Reporting, and Fanciful Novels - Douglas J. Lanska
Phrenology and Physiognomy in Victorian Literature - Rhonda Boshears and Harry Whitaker
Neurological and Psychological Constructs in Sheridan Le Fanu’s In a Glass Darkly - Sheryl R. Ginn
Lord Byron’s Physician: John William Polidori on Somnambulism - Stanley Finger and Anne Stiles
Return of the Living Dead : Re-reading Pierre Flourens’ contributions to neurophysiology and literature -Sharman Levinson
Peter Mark Roget: Physician, Scientist, Systematist; his Thesaurus and his Impact on 19th-Century Neuroscience - Lawrence Kruger and Stanley Finger
Bram Stoker's Brother, the Brain Surgeon - Anne Stiles
Gustave Flaubert, Charles Dickens, and Isaac Pulvermacher’s "Magic Band" - Robert K. Waits
Alexander Forbes, Walter Cannon, and Science-Based Literature - Justin Garson
Neurology, Poetry and the First World War of 1914-18 - Christopher Gardner-Thorpe
Epilepsy in the Process of Artistic Creation: Fyodor M. Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881) - Ivan Iniesta
Mindblindness: Metaphor and Neuroaesthetics in the Works of Silas Weir Mitchell and Simon Baron-Cohen - Kristine Swenson
Literary Aesthetics: Beauty, The Brain, and Mrs. Dalloway - Patrick Colm Hogan