By Paul Broks
A finalist for The mother or father First publication Award, Into the Silent Land is a beautiful inspect how the human mind constructs a "self," or the essence of who we're as members. A neuropsychologist with twenty-five years' event and a runner-up for the distinguished Wellcome belief technological know-how Prize, Paul Broks writes with a doctor's precision and readability in a chain of narratives concerning the interesting international of the neurologically impaired, delving not just into the internal lives of his sufferers, yet right into a deeper knowing of ways we outline who we're. Fusing vintage situations of neuropsychology with the author's personal case stories, own vignettes, philosophical debate, and thought-provoking riffs and meditations at the nature of neurological impairments and dysfunctions, Into the Silent Land is an illuminating examine of neuroscience, and a unprecedented look at the unknown global of the self.
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It c o u l d be the left h e m i s p h e r e running on e m p t y or p e r h a p s it is c o m i n g from the other side of the brain. Either w a y it's hard to make out what s h e ' s saying. For a m o m e n t , her c o n f u s i o n s e e m s to s u b s i d e a n d there is a l o o k of a c c u s a t i o n in her e y e s . ' I listen c l o s e l y a s e c o n d a n d third time a n d realize it's a q u e s t i o n : ' W h a t the fuck am I d o i n g h e r e ? ' 38 The Sword of the Sun I had never b e e n m u c h a w a r e of my father's g l a s s e y e , just as I had never really noticed his foreign accent.
H e sat c o n t o r t e d i n his wheelchair, head t u r n e d s i d e w a y s a n d b a c k a t a n u n c o m f o r t a b l e a n g l e , limbs b u c k l e d with spasticity, a s t r e a m of s a l i v a dribbling from the c o r n e r o f his m o u t h . T h e p r i a p i s m w a s a f i n a l , h u m i l i a t i n g twist. D u e t o a quirk o f the d a m a g e t o his n e r v o u s s y s t e m h e w a s continually troubled by a painful erection. T h e y o u n g w o m e n t e n d i n g h i m — n u r s e s , p h y s i o s , a n d o c c u p a t i o n a l therapists — p r e t e n d e d not to notice.
N a o m i h a s her a r m s r a i s e d a n d b e g i n s to count. I l o o k to my c o l l e a g u e s t a n d i n g o p p o s i t e with her black folders, s t o p w a t c h , and c l i p b o a r d , r e a d y to a s s i s t with test materials and r e c o r d r e s p o n s e s . T h e n e u r o p h y s i o l o g i s t s a r e a few feet b a c k m o n i t o r i n g e v e r y s q u i g g l e o f b r a i n w a v e activity siphoned t h r o u g h the l o n g bridal veil o f m u l t i - c o l o u r e d l e a d s attached t o N a o m i ' s h e a d .