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Books, Journals, New Media
August 27, 2003


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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.

JAMA. 2003;290(8):1100-1101. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1100-a

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.

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