Friday, January 16, 2009

Medical legacies of World War I


Goedemorgen! Here's an interview in Quest, a Dutch science magazine for young readers. The piece is more personal than coverage of the book in the U.S. But at the same time, people don't smile for photographs there.

A box mentions that the horrors of World War I inadvertently produced significant medical knowledge. Because of the sheer number of injuries, combined with advances in ballistics, soldiers could survive after injury to a specific brain region such as the cerebellum. It was possible to observe what happened when that region was damaged - and therefore what it might be needed for. Also mentioned in the piece is another World War I-era advance, blood transfusion.

The Dutch translation of our book is Het geheim van je brein, which means The Secret of Your Brain. That's not to be confused with the anti-scientific book The Secret! We're reviewed in Hart en Ziel (Volkskrant) here.

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