Seized

Seized

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by Eve LaPlante
     
 
"Fascinating account of medical research...LaPlante shows how a brain scar may cause bizarre aggressive or sexual behavior—and works of profound creative imagination." (Howard Gardner)

"Readers intrigued by Oliver Sacks' Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat will welcome LaPlante's book...Thoughtful...Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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"Fascinating account of medical research...LaPlante shows how a brain scar may cause bizarre aggressive or sexual behavior—and works of profound creative imagination." (Howard Gardner)

"Readers intrigued by Oliver Sacks' Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat will welcome LaPlante's book...Thoughtful...Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

"LaPlante's descriptions of the human brain are wonderfully concrete, and her empathy for epilepsy's victims is clear." (Kirkus Review)

"A major study...the implications for psychiatry are staggering." (Publishers Weekly)


Author Bio: Eve LaPlante has degrees from Princeton and Harvard. She has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Working Woman, Parents, Country Living, and many other publications. She is working on a book about children of divorce.

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Booknews
The author draws together a number of case studies and interweaves current thinking about a disorder that sometimes results in disability, sometimes in genius, and which has been shown to involve the personality although exact interrelationships are unclear. The material has been well-researched, but the dramatized case studies cloud rather than clarify the presentation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780595094318
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Seized 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At last, someone has brightly highlighted TLE¿s effects on behavior and personality. Eve LaPlante has elucidated in clear and sympathetic language the Geschwind constellation of personality traits often found in patients afflicted with TLE. LaPlante¿s SEIZED is a welcome guidepost for those like me who navigate daily life burdened with a fixation on the question of God, a relentless impulse to write, and the other often embarrassing TLE personality ¿quirks.¿ This well-researched and infinitely readable book also offers an interesting examination of several literary and artistic men of genius who very likely had TLE¿Vincent van Gogh, Gustave Flaubert, Lewis Carroll, Marcel Proust, Tennyson and Dostoevsky. LaPlante¿s medical detective work invites the TLE afflicted into a comradery with these artistic luminaries. This is no small consolation for us¿we who constantly struggle with auras and feelings of isolation and odd symptoms that resemble psychiatric disease. Blessings upon Eve, in gratitude.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At last, someone has brightly highlighted TLE¿s effects on behavior and personality. Eve LePlante has elucidated in clear and sympathetic language the Geschwind constellation of personality traits often found in patients afflicted with TLE. LePlante¿s SEIZED is a welcome guidepost for those like me who navigate daily life burdened with a fixation on the question of God, a relentless impulse to write, and the other often embarrassing TLE personality ¿quirks.¿ This well-researched and infinitely readable book also offers an interesting examination of several literary and artistic men of genius who very likely had TLE¿Vincent van Gogh, Gustave Flaubert, Lewis Carroll, Marcel Proust, Tennyson and Dostoevsky. LaPlante¿s medical detective work invites the TLE afflicted into a comradery with these artistic luminaries. This is no small consolation for us¿we who constantly struggle with auras and feelings of isolation and odd symptoms that resemble psychiatric disease. Blessings upon Eve, in gratitude.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you to this Author. It is only a tiny glimpse of what we TLE people go through every day. We are SO MISUNDERSTOOD. It is my hope as a LIFETIME TLE that other books are written for the public to read.There so many people that suffer social ignorance and can be truly understood like everybody. Epilepsy is just a minor problem like a burp. If all Epileptics could grasp this IDEA and not let there could 'CONTROL' themselves they could go far. (IE. I was a seismologist) I studied the Epilepsy of the Earth...LOL
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had TLE since the age of 12. I thought I was going crazy. No one believe me about the burnt smell, & hearing a cackle like a witch. I just had surgery at MCG in Augusta, GA. This is a great book. Thank You Eve. I have the hard copy of Seized.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was right on track. I learned so much about Temporal Lobe Seizures. Eve, you did an excellent job in writing about a very scarey health problem. Thank you so much. I am going to have surgery on my Right Temporal Lobe. I shared this book with my Doctor @ The Medical College of Ga. There is help & hope. Please read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful work of literary journalism, in the style and spirit of Tracy Kidder and John McPhee, that deals with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE)--the most common form, affecting as many as a million people in the U.S. LaPlante descibes ordinary patients, the medical pioneers who elucidated the disease (these descriptions are fascinating), as well as many famous artists and writers who were diagnosed with TLE by medical experts, including Lewis Carroll, Saint Paul, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Edward Lear, and van Gogh. Some of the ideas in Seized are challenging, for example, that epilepsy can affect personality, creativity, even religious feeling, but I suspect that the book would be very helpful to anyone with epilepsy, and also to anyone interested in the brain, the human mind, or personality.