Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Fifteen years ago, I read Churchland's first popular book on this subject, Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Understanding of the Mind-Brain (MIT Press, 1986). Many of us were drawn to neurology and neuroscience
by the youthful expectation and hope that learning about the brain and how
it works would eventually help us to understand people or maybe even understand
ourselves. However, in the course of time, from the distractions of practice
or research, we became focused on neurons or epilepsy or science. Once into
the forest, it is natural to study the trees one at a time. In any case, Neurophilosopy fascinated me. Although the integrity of
the brain and the mind, the brain and the personality, had long interested
me, as it does many physicians, Neurophilosophy suggested
that the scope of my imagination should be even larger.
Riley T. Neurophilosophy. JAMA. 2003;290(8):1100-1101. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1100-a