Author Sam Kean and the Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons


sam keanLisa Wehr, John Pienta, and Kaci McCleary, along with producer Jason Lewis, get to interview New York Times Bestselling author Sam Kean. Mr. Kean has written several meticulously researched books that tell the stories of science and scientific advances. His most recent book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery.

Before the show we shared with the students an excerpt, much of which is available on Kean’s website and which you might enjoy reading first.  It tells the story of one of the landmark cases in medical history involved French King Henri II, whose gruesome injury following a jousting accident serves as a grounding lesson for everything we’ve learned about the brain since. As for Dave, he’s reading the whole book, and thinks you should, too.

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