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The Man with the Electrified Brain

The Man with the Electrified Brain

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The Man with the Electrified Brain

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4/5 (77 évaluations)
Longueur:
52 pages
58 minutes
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Sortie:
May 7, 2020
ISBN:
9781094408170
Format:
Livre

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“The mind can be a fragile gift. Sometimes it fails us, and often when we need it most. Happily, mine appears to be working reliably now, and so I am perhaps as able as most to confront and cope with the madness of the moment. But during a lengthy period some fifty years ago, my mind unexpectedly broke down.”

These words, from the new introduction to Scribd’s reissue of Simon Winchester’s The Man with the Electrified Brain, are all the more insightful and resonant now as a historic pandemic tests the mental and physical health of people on every continent. The bestselling author understands this better than most, having nearly lost the battle for his own sanity as a young man. How he triumphed, and by what unexpected means—told in this rare and riveting piece of memoir from Winchester—should be a light in the dark for us all, a reminder that from crises can come rebirth.

Winchester has never shied away from big, even enormous, topics: the Atlantic Ocean, the Krakatoa volcanic eruption, early exploration of the wilderness that would become the United States. His beloved bestseller The Professor and the Madman, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, explored the workings of a brilliant yet troubled mind. In The Man with the Electrified Brain, Winchester takes on arguably his most daunting subject yet: one of nature’s greatest and most enduring mysteries, the human brain.

As a geology student in his second year at Oxford, Winchester was known as a young man of even temper and keen intellect, until one June morning when he woke to find himself “changed with dreadful suddenness into another being altogether.” For a period of nine days, he lived in immobilizing fear. Everyday items—familiar paintings, a pile of books, his own robe hanging from a hook—became objects of horror; the world lost color, purpose, all sense and safety. An attempt to drive ended in a crash, and he abandoned the vehicle. When the episode finally passed, he returned to his former self, presuming that what had happened to him was a fluke. It wasn’t. The episode repeated itself at unpredictable and dangerous intervals for four years and very nearly caused the author’s death while he was on an expedition in the Arctic.

What was wrong with him? Where could he find help? Would he spend the rest of his life anticipating the return of these mental blackouts? With the urgency of a whodunit, Winchester describes the coming and going of these terrifying dissociative states and the chance encounter that led to a controversial treatment—electroconvulsive therapy—that may or may not have cured him once and for all.

Written by a master storyteller, The Man with the Electrified Brain locates that finest of lines between sanity and insanity and is Winchester’s most consequential and deeply personal work yet.

Éditeur:
Sortie:
May 7, 2020
ISBN:
9781094408170
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Simon Winchester is the bestselling author of Atlantic, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, Krakatoa, The Map That Changed the World, The Surgeon of Crowthorne (The Professor and the Madman), The Fracture Zone, Outposts and Korea, among many other titles. In 2006 he was awarded the OBE. He lives in western Massachusetts and New York City.


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  • (5/5)
    This was an interesting look into what it is like to lose your sanity and come back from it. I recommend this book-it’s a quick read but fascinating.
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    Exquisite autobiographical essay about the author's bout with an unknown episode of malady and seeming disassociation of the mind that one day came out of nowhere, and took hold of his life for four years...// I cannot say anymore about the plot without giving away the journey Simon was forced to travail, trying to live and work while succumbing to these episodes bimonthly. In a curious note, being a fan of ON HUMAN BONDAGE since I first read it 30 years ago, I find it quite interesting that the author was reading Of Human Bondage when his bouts of undiagnosed melancholy and fugue states began; curious, but in no way a causal effect of said malady. This short essay was so well written. I thank Scribd, for recommending this piece. I look forward to reading more of Simon Winchester's work.

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    More a short story than a book. This is a riveting account of the experience of psychiatric illness.

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    Should be read by all mental health care professionals. I am a psychologist and I have learned something from it. I have used talk therapy rather than the DSM approach in my work as a matter of preference.

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