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Books, Journals, New Media
October 20, 2004

History, Brain

Author Affiliations

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. 2004;292(15):1891-1897. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1892

Where does our personhood, our “ego,” our “me, myself, and I” reside? In this extensively researched, elegantly written, and very informative book, Robert Martensen traces the history of our seemingly obvious and modern response—“in the solid tissues of our respective brains, of course”—to 17th-century (1640s-1690s) England. He weaves a wonderful narrative in which knowledge, theology, politics, natural philosophy, and patronage literally create our modern conception of the brain.

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