From the list on the mind, memory, and medical science.
Who am I?
I am an author, science journalist, and storyteller. I worked for the PBS science series NOVA for many years, producing documentaries, podcasts, digital video series, and interactive games on everything from asteroids to human origins to art restoration. But I am particularly fascinated by strange brains, which is why I wrote my first book, The Memory Thief. I am currently at work on a second book about a different neurological disorder.
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Why did Lauren love this book?
After a young girl from a Hmong refugee family is diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy, the resulting clash between Western medicine and Eastern spirituality ends in tragedy when she suffers a prolonged seizure that leaves her in a coma. The outcome might have been different if the well-meaning doctors who were desperate to help had approached the family with more understanding of and respect for the Hmong culture. But author Anne Fadiman leaves it to the reader to realize that there are no villains or easy answers in this thought-provoking exploration of the perils of cultural incompetence.