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Sam Kean explores the mysteries of the brain

Much of what scientists first learned about the brain came from bizarre head injuries. In his latest book, science writer Sam Kean investigates what we know about how the brain works, and the strange stories of how that information was revealed....
Sam Kean says by examining the history of terrifying head injuries, it's possible to catch a few glimpses of how the brain controls, acts and thinks. (Sam Kean)

Much of what scientists first learned about the brain came from bizarre head injuries. In his latest book, science writer Sam Kean investigates what we know about how the brain works, and the strange stories of how that information was revealed.

Sam Kean joined us from Washington, DC to discuss his book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of The Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness and Recovery.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Kathleen Goldhar.

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