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.

Key Features

  • This book looks at literature, medicine, and the brain sciences both historically and in the light of the newest scholarly discoveries and insights


Neuroscientists, psychologists, neurologists

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Part 1: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders in Literature

Chapter 1. William Shakespeare's Neurology


1 William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

2 Neurology in Shakespeare

3 Parkinsonisms

4 Epilepsy

5 Sleep Disorders

6 Dementia

7 Headache

8 Prion disease

9 Paralysis

10 Conclusions


Chapter 2. Locked-in: The Syndrome as Depicted in Literature


1 Introduction: The locked-in syndrome

2 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: Eyes that determine

3 Therese Raquin by Émile Zola: Eyes that Crush

4 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby: Eyes that tell about the Gods of literature and neurology

5 Locked-in: To Communicate or Not to Communicate, that is the question

6 Different Perspectives

7 Locked-out

8 Lessons from Locked-in and Butterflies


Chapter 3. Meningitis, a Whirlpool of Death: Literary Reflections and Russian Cultural Beliefs


1 Meningitis and its causes in the prebacteriological era of the nineteenth century

2 Meningitis and Mental Distress

3 Meningitis in fictional literature of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century

4 Cold Temperature as a Predisposing Factor of Meningitis

5 Meningitis and its Influence on Spiritual Convictions

6 When Life is Stronger Than Meningitis

7 Concluding remarks



Chapter 4. Parkinsonism in Poets and Writers


1 Introduction

2 Parkinsonism in Literature

3 Parkinsonism in Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets

4 Conclusions


Chapter 5. Neurosyphiliti


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