Phantoms in the Brain:Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind is a scientific work by V.S.Ramachandran that throws light on the mysteries of what neurologists call anosognosia. It was written by three experts in the field:V.S. Ramachandran, Oliver Sacks and Sandra Blakeslee.
Sometimes a man, whose body is partially paralyzed due to the crippling effect of a stroke, claims that his body is strong and whole, and can even see the paralyzed portion of the body moving! Freud called the condition "denial", while neurologists term it "anosognosia." Whatever may be the term used to describe it, such phenomena let us take a peep into the mysteries of mental worlds and in the process, provide us with a lot of insight into our own minds.
Oliver Sacks, one of the authors, have revealed that much can be learned about ourselves by closely observing the deficits displayed by people suffering from neurological problems. V.S. Ramachandran, on his part, has come across numerous patients going through anosognosia, blindsight, illusory limb pain, and similar disorders. As a result, he brings about an extraordinary combination of clinical intuition as well as research know-how to bear on these problems. Besides, not many scientists are ready and able to investigate the personal as well as subjective implications of the topic, as he does in his work; his field of study is often sterile in nature, but he is able to rehumanize the field and capture that spirit of wonder that is indispensable to true discovery. Phantoms in the Brain is at the same time, scientific adventure, medical mystery, as also philosophical speculation, with Ramachandran presenting everything in a dynamic, caring, and humorous light. And the wonder of it all is that most of his research is performed with material that is found around any average home.
For all those who are inquisitive about the dynamics of the human brain, looking for alternatives to costly, high-tech medical treatment or merely seeking an altogether new perception on the workings of the human consciousness, Phantoms in the Brain is a scientific work that can fulfill all these conditions and leave you satisfied.
Other best seller from the author is The Tell-Tale Brain. Shop online for this paperback book with the ISBN-10:0007253893 and ISBN-13:978-0007253890.