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January 16, 2002

Brain DevelopmentHalf a Brain Is Enough: The Story of Nico

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Antonio M. Battro (Cambridge Studies in Cognitive Perceptual Development), 118 pp, with illus, $19.95, ISBN 0-521-78307-0, New York, NY Cambridge University Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2002;287(3):382-383. doi:10.1001/jama.287.3.382-JBK0116-3-1

Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony when he was deaf. A motorcycle is steered to the left by turning the front wheel right. Some things we believe because, even though they seem impossible, someone we trust says that they are true. It's like that with the little boy in Dr Antonio Battro's book, Half a Brain is Enough: The Story of Nico. Nico has half a brain–and a complete mind. Battro is so expert and likable and forthright that you come away from his book not only knowing Nico's story is true, but sharing his awe at that amazing fact.

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