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Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard

The Biography of a Tormented Genius

  • Louis-Cyril Celestin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Louis-Cyril Celestin
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  21. Back Matter
    Pages 233-281

About this book

Introduction

Genius and dilettantism often go hand in hand. Nowhere is this truer than in the life of Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard, the bilingual physician and neurologist who succeeded Claude Bernard as the Chair of Experimental Medicine at the College de France in Paris after having practiced in Paris, London and in the USA, especially in Harvard.

For most men, making one discovery of global importance would have sufficed to satisfy their curiosity and self-image. Not so Brown-Séquard. His explanation of the neurological disparity following the hemi-section of the spinal cord was a unique achievement that added his name to the syndrome and made him immortal. Yet, the demons of his mind tormented him in his endless search for medical truths and drove him to explore other phenomena, seeking to explain and remedy them.

This unique biography shows for the first time the conflict between his professional and personal life, and should appeal to all students of medical history and psychology.

Keywords

Biography Brown-Séquard syndrome Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard Neurology

Authors and affiliations

  • Louis-Cyril Celestin
    • 1
  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-03020-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03019-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03020-3
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