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The Intentional Brain: Motion, Emotion, and the Development of Modern Neuropsychiatry, by Michael R. Trimble.

May 21, 2016

The Intentional Brain: Motion, Emotion, and the Development of Modern Neuropsychiatry, by Michael R. Trimble.  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.  FORTHCOMING.

An exploration by a neuropsychiatrist of how the brain and the mind have been viewed in “Western Civilization” and how recent research is addressing related issues.

Michael R. Trimble is an emeritus professor of Behavioral Neurology and Consultant Physician to the Department of Psychological Medicine at the National Hospital Queen Square, London.  He has had an ongoing interest in the interface between neurology and psychiatry which he develops in this new book.  In addition to professional writing, he has previously published, The Soul in the Brain.  His work provides a much needed bridge between brain anatomy and humanistic understanding of the soul which he traces back to romanticism.  He provides an unusual account of European/American intellectual history focusing on brains and minds.

While Trimble’s account is fascinating, as a non-scientist I found it difficult to follow.  I applaud his project and the direction of his thinking, but I cannot recommend his new book to general readers like myself.

Thanks to Johns Hopkins University Press for providing me a digital copy of this book to review.

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