Do you know what your brain is made of? How does memory function? What is a neuron and how does it work? For that matter what’s a comic? And in the words of Lewis Carroll’s famous caterpillar: “Who are you?”
Neurocomic is a journey through the human brain: a place of neuron forests, memory caves, and castles of deception. Along the way, you’ll encounter Boschean beasts, giant squid, guitar-playing sea slugs, and the great pioneers of neuroscience. Hana Roš and Matteo Farinella provide an insight into the most complex thing in the universe.
When I was reading this one, I thought it was going to be 4 stars. But after I finished and walked around a bit thinking about it, I decided it was really more of a 3.
You see, this is a really good introductory book on neuroscience and psychology. It goes into basic detail without really being overwhelming or overly simplistic. It reminded me a lot of the very basic things I had to learn about each field of medicine before I could become certified as a medical coder. I think it would be really useful for a visual learner and it would also be very interesting to see similar books for each field of medicine.
That said, I’m not really sure what the book wanted to accomplish. Is it just that, a quick primer on the field of neurology? Or did it actually want to say something? The ending made it seem a bit like the author wanted to make a point about memory, but whether she succeeded or not, I’m not sure.
All in all, it was an educational book, a quick read that I finished over one lunch, but nothing groundbreaking.
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