Friday, March 03, 2006

Journey Inside A Brain

Science and medical stories often make my eyes glaze over. But not "Probing a Mind for a Cure" by Stacey Burling of the Philadelphia Inquirer. It's a compelling, moving look at how the human brain works, and sometimes doesn't work. Burling follows neuropathologist Mark Forman as he autopsies the brain of Bob Moore, a Presbyterian minister who had suffered from dementia. Burling skillfully intersperses the scientific journey of the autopsy with Moore's life journey. She makes us care deeply about Moore and his family, and draws us into wanting to solve the mystery of why his mind deteriorated. At the end of the story, she reveals the answer.
My thanks to reader and friend Jeff Kelly Lowenstein for this tip.


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