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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to understanding the brain
Author:
Bard, Arthur.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Alpha, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xix, 340 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780028643106
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Book

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Author Notes

Arthur S. Bard, M.D., is the former chief of neurosurgery at Mercy and Sutter Hospitals (and a staff neurosurgeon for 30 years) and a past president of the Sacramento (CA) Neurological Society. He helped establish the neurosurgery residency program at the University of California Davis School of Medicine and then served as a clinical assistant professor at the medical school for many years
Mitchell G. Bard, Ph.D., is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Middle East Conflict


Table of Contents

Part 1 The First Brainp. 1
1 It All Starts Herep. 3
Nature's Marvelp. 4
The Baby Brainp. 7
You Were Smarter As a Kidp. 8
Assembly Not Requiredp. 9
The Specialistsp. 10
Daily Revelationsp. 11
The Great Unknownp. 12
2 From Stone Age to Sculptorsp. 13
Prehistoric Brain Surgeryp. 13
Mummies Weren't Too Brightp. 14
The Great Greeksp. 15
Science Takes a Holidayp. 18
From Darkness to Lightp. 19
A Form of Barbarismp. 22
3 Knowledge of the Brain Evolvesp. 23
I Think Thereforep. 23
A Place in the Heartp. 25
Out of Sightp. 26
What Do You See?p. 27
Quack, Quackp. 28
You're Electricp. 30
Oops! I Mean, Eureka!p. 31
Finding the Controlsp. 32
Pavlov's Dogsp. 33
We're All Scientists Herep. 34
Finding the Bugsp. 35
An Engaging Casep. 36
"The Book That Shook the World"p. 37
Real Brain Surgeryp. 38
Restricted Areap. 38
The Century's Crazy Endp. 39
4 "Modern Thinking"p. 41
Sex, Dreams, and Psychoanalysisp. 42
Mind Mattersp. 43
I'm a Surgeon, Neurosurgeonp. 46
Controversial Curesp. 48
New Tools for the Tradep. 50
Your Own Painkillerp. 53
Decade of the Brainp. 53
Part 2 Anatomy 101p. 55
5 The Commander-in-Chiefp. 57
Your Hard Hat and Other Protective Devicesp. 57
The Thinking Partp. 60
Multiple Brainsp. 62
Small but Importantp. 65
6 The Coordinatorp. 67
Lobes: They're Not Just for the Earsp. 67
Walking a Straight Linep. 69
Not Really the Middlep. 70
At the Base of It Allp. 71
Remembering the Limbic Systemp. 72
The Glands Have Itp. 73
7 The Real Information Superhighwayp. 77
Thinking Systematicallyp. 78
100 Billion Cells Can't Be Wrongp. 78
Closing the Gapp. 81
Now for the Hard Partp. 84
8 You've Got Nerve(s)p. 85
What's Your Function?p. 85
Numero Unop. 87
For Your Eyes Onlyp. 87
A Sensitive Facep. 89
Testing 1, 2, 3 ...p. 90
Gulp and Inhalep. 91
Stick Out Your Tonguep. 93
Part 3 The Human Computerp. 95
9 Speak Now!p. 97
The Origin of Babblep. 98
From the Mouths of Babesp. 98
Back to Broca and Wernickep. 101
The ABCsp. 102
Say What You Hearp. 103
10 Making Sense of It Allp. 105
Mind's Eyep. 105
An Ear for Itp. 110
On the Scentp. 114
Yum and Yuckp. 115
How Touchingp. 117
The Sixth Sense: More Than a Moviep. 118
11 Life's Necessitiesp. 119
Eat, Drink, and Be Merryp. 119
Sweet Slumberp. 120
Sex Is a Drivep. 126
12 The Body's Autopilotp. 129
Your Internal Thermostatp. 130
Energize!p. 131
Stressed Outp. 133
The Conservationistp. 135
Knee-Jerk Reactionsp. 136
Holding Itp. 138
Really Letting Gop. 138
13 It's Your Choicep. 141
On Balancep. 141
More Than Five Sensesp. 142
Turning Greenp. 144
The Pyramidsp. 146
Penfield's Mapp. 147
Put the Hammer Downp. 148
Now Draw!p. 149
From Physical to Mentalp. 149
Part 4 Acting Outp. 151
14 Blackboard of the Mindp. 153
Memories ...p. 154
Hidden Messagesp. 154
Pigeonholesp. 155
Time to Decidep. 158
Drawing a Blankp. 162
Going, Going, Gonep. 163
Bulking up Memoryp. 164
Eat Smartp. 166
Try to Remember ...p. 167
15 The Feeling Brainp. 169
Feelings First?p. 170
Going Ballisticp. 174
Oh Happy Dayp. 174
The Prickly Things on Your Neckp. 176
Life-Changing Stressp. 177
Lie Detectorp. 177
Emotional Intelligencep. 178
16 You've Got Brainp. 181
What Is Intelligence?p. 181
How Smart Are You?p. 185
What's Your Gift?p. 188
Low IQp. 190
The Real Rain Manp. 191
Size Mattersp. 191
Two Brains Are Better ...p. 193
Da Vinci, Mozart, and Youp. 193
Einstein's Brainp. 194
The 10 Percent Mythp. 195
Mad Geniusp. 196
Formula for Thoughtp. 197
Part 5 The Sick Brainp. 199
17 The Computer Crashesp. 201
Trauma: More Than a Little Bumpp. 202
Two Scary Words: Brain Tumorp. 206
Catching a Brain Diseasep. 209
Hereditary Degenerative Diseasesp. 214
Congenital Anomaliesp. 214
Brain Attackp. 216
Brain Deathp. 219
18 Headaches and Neurological Disordersp. 221
Your Aching Headp. 222
Trigeminal Neuralgiap. 224
Cerebral Palsyp. 224
Parkinson's Diseasep. 225
Dudley's Diseasep. 226
Epilepsyp. 227
Multiple Sclerosisp. 229
Alzheimer's Diseasep. 230
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalusp. 232
Mad Cow Diseasep. 233
Tics and Tonesp. 234
Facing the Fearp. 234
19 Drugs and Demonsp. 237
Society's Problemp. 238
Alcoholismp. 239
Nicotinep. 241
Marijuanap. 242
Cocainep. 242
Heroinp. 244
Hallucinogensp. 245
Uppers and Downersp. 247
The "Date Rape Drug"p. 249
20 Crossed Wiringp. 251
It's All in Your Headp. 252
From Behind Closed Doorsp. 253
No Shortage of Disordersp. 254
Psychosis and Schizophreniap. 255
Anxietyp. 258
Phobiasp. 260
Beyond the Bluesp. 261
Bipolar Disorderp. 263
Autismp. 264
ADHDp. 264
Part 6 Treatment (Couches, Shocks, Pills, and the Knife)p. 267
21 Say "Ahh!"p. 269
Getting to Know Youp. 270
A Stab in the Backp. 271
How Electrifyingp. 272
Checking Your Potentialsp. 272
Waves Don't Liep. 273
Take a Little Piecep. 273
A Bunch of "Ographies"p. 274
Scans Galorep. 274
22 Trick or Treatmentp. 279
Better Living Through Chemistryp. 280
The Placebo Effectp. 280
Let's Talkp. 281
Off With Your Brainp. 285
Under the Knifep. 286
Brain Tumorsp. 289
Cerebral Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformationsp. 293
Strokep. 294
Treatments vs. Curesp. 294
23 We're Getting Smarterp. 297
Mistaken Sciencep. 298
Genius for Genesp. 298
Ethical Dilemmas of Modern Sciencep. 298
From the Stemp. 300
Hello Dolly!p. 301
Deep Bluep. 302
A New Brain?p. 303
From Our Brains to Yoursp. 304
Appendixes
A Glossaryp. 305
B Food for the Brain: Resourcesp. 311
C Test Your IQp. 315
Indexp. 321