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Controversies in Medicine and Neuroscience: Through the Prism of History, Neurobiology and Bioethics

This book explores some of the most fascinating medical and life science topics of the 20th and 21st centuries, viewed through the unique perspective of an experienced neurosurgeon and medical historian with a special interest in bioethics, neurobiology, and other aspects of the life sciences.

It bridges multiple disciplines in the life sciences—from historic advances in psychosurgery to fascinating advances in neurobiology, such as the neurophysiology of learning and memory, and the neuropharmacology of hallucinogenic drugs. It also discusses intriguing frontal and temporal lobe syndromes in neuropsychiatry, a new hypothesis solving the mystery of Neolithic trepanation, and traditional medical ethics in contradistinction to bioethics.


Miguel A. Faria, Jr. attended the Medical University of South Carolina, receiving the Merck’s Manual Award for scholastic achievement and earning his MD degree in 1977. He conducted his neurosurgical residency at Emory University, USA, completing his training in 1983. He practiced neurosurgery in Macon, Georgia, USA, and he is Associate Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Neurology International. He has written over 200 articles and published several books.

"In Controversies in Medicine and Neuroscience, Dr. Miguel Faria has written a fascinating, eclectic book that covers an array of topics relating to medical care and policy. While I am not an M.D., I was drawn to the book by the author’s chapters on the U.S. government’s involvement in health policy. In short, Faria makes a strong, impassioned case against such involvement, arguing that it drives up costs, reduces efficiency, and makes physicians more concerned with paperwork and cost containment than with optimal care for their patients. He counters myths and misinformation that proponents of a governmental takeover of healthcare rely upon. At a time when it can be perilous for a doctor to speak contrary to the officially approved interventionist agenda, this book stands out for its honesty."

George Leef, Director of Research, James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

"Controversies in Medicine and Neuroscience: Through the Prism of History, Neurobiology, and Bioethics (2023) is well worth reading and studying. It should be standard on all doctor’s bookshelves and among the interested laymen."

Russell L. Blaylock, President of Theoretical Neuroscience Research

"Dr. Miguel A. Faria Jr.’s book kept me up the last three nights, not only reading, but slowly digesting, and re-memorizing an incredible amount of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. And really not to "blow smoke," his writing style is the most lucid, succinct, and clear as any I've ever read. Dr. Faria is not only a world-recognized Neurosurgeon, but also a historian with an incredible grasp of the sociopolitical issues confronting not only medicine, but our society. I highly recommend it and thank him for his many contributions!"
Dr. Joseph C. Maroon,
University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre

"The author is a neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, historian, political analyst, and editor of multiple journals. Despite all of this, he makes himself readily accessible to the general public through his website and Facebook page, both of which he maintains with impressive professional decorum. His latest book, Controversies in Medicine and Neuroscience: Through the Prism of History, Neurobiology, and Bioethics [...] is just one more absolute masterpiece that I recommend to any medical professional; MD, PhD, RN, PT, etc. This reviewer already shares his ideology, but perhaps those in opposition might see it differently. He makes his case on many currently volatile topics with grace and great persuasion. The author also doesn’t talk down to his readers. Readers don’t need any advanced degrees to understand exactly what point he is making."

Dr. Adam Bogart, Surgical Neurology International

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ISBN: 1-5275-9417-3

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-9417-3

Release Date: 23rd March 2023

Pages: 328

Price: £77.99

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