Sergei ​Korsakoff, Alois Alzheimer, James Parkinson, Hans Asperger and other eminent scientists, are all names which have become synonymous with a disease, a syndrome, or an autistic disorder. Although the names of these psychiatrists and neurologists are familiar, we often know little about the individuals themselves and the circumstances surrounding their discoveries. What exactly did they discover, and who were their patients? Douwe Draaisma expertly reconstructs the lives of these and eight other ‘names’ from the science of mind and brain. Disturbances of the Mind provides a fascinating, illuminating, and at times touching insight into the history of brain research. Thanks to Draaisma’s unerring eye and elegant, engaging style, the case histories of Asperger, Bonnet, Capgras, Clérambault, Korsakoff and Gilles de la Tourette syndromes; Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; the areas of Broca and Brodmann; Jackson’s epilepsy; and the Gage matrix are all brought to life and transformed into unforgettable tales.

“One can open this book at any chapter-but having done so, one cannot put it down. Disturbances of the Mind, combining deep learning with beguiling narrative, and full of fascinating information and ideas, is one of those rare books that will delight professionals and public alike.”
—Oliver Sacks

“This book is a treasure for those studying the mind and brain, and is written accessibly to appeal to the general reader interested in the history of medicine and the variety of human behaviour.”
—Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University

“…Douwe Draaisma explores the nature of medical discovery, and the implications of claiming a first, in Disturbances of the Mind…The book includes 12 profiles of scientists-in all cases men-whose names are attached to diseases. Draaisma, a professor of the history of psychology at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, aims not only to preserve their scientific legacies, but also to illuminate the circumstances of their discoveries and the kind of men they were…”
—Chronicle of Higher Education

“…provides another history-of-psychology tour de force by exhuming the work and personal lives of famous psychiatrists and neurologist… Including footnotes and references in every chapter, this fascinating book will be an excellent resource for those interested in the history of psychology, the brain and behavior, or neuropsychology… Essential…”
—G. C. Gamst, University of La Verne, CHOICE

“Draaisma is an excellent storyteller. He gets the reader to stand on tiptoe to look over the barriers of time and place into specific biographic scenes and then quickly zooms out for historical perspective. For North American readers, this Dutch psychologist and historian is a welcome guide on the journey to understanding the work and lives of 11 European eponym-barriers: Bonnet, Parkinson, Broca, Jackson, Korsakoff, Gilles de la Tourette, Alzheimer, Brodmann, Clerambault, Capgras, and Asperger.”
—Anne Dull Baird, University of Windsor, Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne

About the Author:
Douwe Draaisma is Professor in the History of Psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is the author of Metaphors of Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

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