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Newton's madness : further tales of clinical neurology
Klawans, Harold L.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper & Row, [1990]

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xi, 218 pages ; 24 cm
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RC359 .K58 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
RC359 .K58 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A leading neurologist offers a new collection of essays about the strange and frightening things that happen when the workings of the human brain go awry.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The often bizarre cases with which Klawans ( Toscanini's Fumble ) illustrates this collection of his lectures on neurology and pharmacology at Chicago's Rush University and with which he intrigues readers are both informative and entertaining. In clear lay terms he describes multiple sclerosis, dwarfism, epileptic and other movement disorders such as Parkinson's, Huntington's chorea, tics, as observed in his own patients. He also diagnoses ailments of historical figures--Newton's mercury-caused madness, Dostoyevski's epileptic characters reflecting his own seizures, Heinrich Heine's syphilis-induced nervous breakdowns--which today could be arrested or cured. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

For those who enjoyed Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (1986), and Klawans's previous book, Toscanini's Fumble (1988), Newton's Madness will be equally interesting. What a treat it is to have a glimpse of the world of the clinical neurologist, to view the workings of the human brain, and to come to understand a bit of how human behavior may be related to the function and dysfunction of the brain. Newton's Madness works well on many levels. In it, we are made to feel the full human tragedy associated with neurological illness and we are made aware of the compassion a physician can have for his patients. The book is also a wonderful excursion into medical history. We learn about Newton's experiments with alchemy, Sherlock Holmes's association with cocaine, and what may have caused the fall of the city of Jericho. How fortunate the general reader is to have the elements of this fascinating field so clearly and vividly rendered! This is a book meant for a general audience, but it will also interest those more familiar with neurology. -D. A. Smith, Oberlin College