Lately, people have been recommending books to me. If they’re not about psychology, they’re either about neurology, or stories and memoirs based around either of them. The first few books I read, were Dings by Lance Fogan, and Gifted Hands by Ben Carson. Both different in their own right, but very interesting. Carson’s detailed his struggles in the 1960s, of becoming a neurosurgeon, because of his race, people did not speak to him, yet he still pursued with the effort to interact with them. Fogan’s book, was a fictional memoir, about a family’s struggle with epilepsy, and the neurological terminology, as well as the difficulties they had to encounter. I’m currently listening to the movie, Awakenings, which details the true story of how Oliver Sacks, a neurologist, discovered that a drug L-Dopa, used for patients with Parkinson’s disease, could awaken those who had survived Encephalitis Lethargica. It would temporarily bring them around from a catatonic state. I find this very interesting. I also took it upon myself, to research the epidemic of Encephalitis Lethargica,, which took place during the 1920s. I’m finding, since I started my open University degree, I’ve wanted to do more and more heavy reading, and watching movies to do with neuroscience, and psychology. Interesting isn’t it, how the OU changes the way you think. I like that.
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