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The Tell-Tale Brain

A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

V. S. Ramachandran (Author, University of California, San Diego)

Overview | Inside the Book

"A profoundly intriguing and compelling guide to the intricacies of the human brain." —Oliver Sacks

In this landmark work, V. S. Ramachandran investigates strange, unforgettable cases—from patients who believe they are dead to sufferers of phantom limb syndrome. With a storyteller’s eye for compelling case studies and a researcher’s flair for new approaches to age-old questions, Ramachandran tackles the most exciting and controversial topics in brain science, including language, creativity, and consciousness.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34062-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 384 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“[Ramachandran] has done as much as anyone to reveal the workings of the mind through the malfunctions of the brain.” — Anthony Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review

“Provocative…an entertaining read.” — Frank Bures, Scientific American

“[Ramachandran] skillfully walks the line between intriguing storytelling and detailed science in these readable tales of unusual patients.” — Eva Emerson, Science News

“Remarkably clear and engaging.” — Elizabeth Floyd Mair, Times Union

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