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Dr. Zukaroffs testamente by Peter Lund…

Dr. Zukaroffs testamente

by Peter Lund Madsen

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Peter Lund Madsen is a Danish neurologist (MD with a career in sleep research), who entered the public life in Denmark through his collaboration with his brother, Anders, who is a well-known journalist and comedian. PLM has since, with his brother and alone, taught the Danish public about neurology (and sometimes other topics) as a guest speaker, through television, both as an expert and as an entertainer, and even in several appearances in the theater. Sooner or later, as he himself points out in this book, there was bound to come a book.

This is a brilliant introduction to the basic facts in neurology. He manages to weed out all the boring details and still give a good impression of how the brain works. His evolutionary approach also gives a good flow, where each new capability the brain displays as we move through the evolution from one-celled organisms to modern culturalized human beings is like a suspense story.

In the light of this you may say his frame story about the Russian/German/Danish Stasi-agent Zukaroff was not necessary. But it does give an extra interest in the story and this story about a tormented soul actually gives an extra perspective about our human condition, and it is clearly this understanding of our 'human condition' which the author wants to show that studying neurology may give us. Actually this usage of literary cliches allows him to deliver his message without falling into pop science. Altogether a recommendable book for all types of readers. (But why are neurologists so ignorant when it comes to linguistics: his blue-eyed belief in Chomskys "Aspects" is so naive that it would make even chomskians ashamed.) ( )
  sharder | Jul 24, 2013 |
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