By Louis-Cyril Celestin
Genius and dilettantism usually move hand in hand. Nowhere is that this more true than within the lifetime of Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard, the bilingual health professional and neurologist who succeeded Claude Bernard because the Chair of Experimental drugs on the collage de France in Paris after having practiced in Paris, London and within the united states, in particular in Harvard.
For such a lot males, making one discovery of worldwide value may have sufficed to fulfill their interest and self-image. no longer so Brown-Séquard. His rationalization of the neurological disparity following the hemi-section of the spinal twine was once a special success that further his identify to the syndrome and made him immortal. but, the demons of his brain tormented him in his never-ending look for clinical truths and drove him to discover different phenomena, trying to clarify and therapy them.
This exact biography indicates for the 1st time the clash among his expert and private existence, and may entice all scholars of clinical historical past and psychology.
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Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard: The Biography of a Tormented Genius by Louis-Cyril Celestin