Devices that simulate, replace, or bypass nerves have the potential to help those disabled with nervous system and sensory disorders. Science and technology journalist Chase explores the world of these up-and-coming technologies.
Victor Chase has looked into the future of broken nervous systems and how we might fix them—with all of the corresponding hopes and perils. It is a fascinating book, both stimulating and exciting, and makes you think about what it means to be human.
(Michael S. Gazzaniga, author of The Ethical Brain
and member of the President's Council on Bioethics)
A marvelous synthesis of new ideas.
(V. S. Ramachandran, M.D., author of Phantoms in the Brain
[A] calm, competent, contemporary account of the development of devices to repair nervous systems responsible for the senses, movement and other functions.
Chase achieves his formidable aim, enabling the reader to make connections between scientific endeavor and its application to the lives of the vivid individuals to whom he introduces us.
Comprehensive and easily readable... <I>Shattered Nerves</I> weaves a history of how a field evolves.
Best of 2006
This is dramatic stuff... The book is a valuable introduction to an important subject.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of neural prosthetic research, this book will attract graduate students and professionals in medicine, engineering, chemistry, computer research. Perhaps those who could benefit the most from reading it, however, are bright undergraduates; the researchers' stories, and the discussion of the impact they have had on their research subjects' lives, may help college students in search of career direction.
Victor Chase eloquently discusses the 'human machine' and how the harmful effects of faulty wiring and misfiring electrics can be reversed by modern technology
About the Author
<B>Victor D. Chase</B> is a science and technology writer who has written for a variety of publications, including <I>Air & Space</I>, IBM’s <I>Think Research</I>, MIT’s <I>Technology Review</I>, <I>Nature Medicine, Popular Science,</I> <I>Science Digest, National Forum, R&D Magazine, Mechanical Engineering, </I>and <I> Environmental Health Perspectives</I>.