"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.
About the Author
V. S. Ramachandran is the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and a Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego. He lives in Del Mar, California.
[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