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‘The inevitable comparison of Lees with the late, great Oliver Sacks is entirely just.’ Raymond Tallis
As a trainee hospital doctor, A. J. Lees was enthralled by his mentors: esteemed neurologists who in their work combined the precision of mathematicians with the solemnity of undertakers. Today their clinical methods honed at the bedside are in danger of extinction, replaced by a slavish adherence to algorithms, protocols, process and a worship of machines.
In this series of brilliant autobiographical essays, Lees takes us on a grand tour of his neurological career, giving the reader insight into the art of listening, observation and imagination that the best neurologists still rely on to heal minds and fix brains.
Dr Andrew Lees is Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital, Queen Square, London. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment and, most recently, Brazil That Never Was, both published by Notting Hill Editions.