Skip to main content
Back to Results
Cover image of Shattered Nerves
Cover image of Shattered Nerves
Share this Title:

Shattered Nerves

How Science Is Solving Modern Medicine's Most Perplexing Problem

Victor D. Chase

Publication Date
Binding Type
Request Exam CopyRequest Review Copy

Winner of an Honorable Mention in the 2007 American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Writing Award in the General Non-fiction Book Category

Once the stuff of science fiction, neural prosthetics are now a reality. Research and technology are creating implants that enable the deaf to hear, the blind to see, and the paralyzed to move.

Shattered Nerves takes us on a journey into a new medical frontier, where sophisticated, state-of-the-art medical devices repair and restore failed sensory and motor systems. In a compelling narrative that reveals the intimate relationship between technology…

Winner of an Honorable Mention in the 2007 American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Writing Award in the General Non-fiction Book Category

Once the stuff of science fiction, neural prosthetics are now a reality. Research and technology are creating implants that enable the deaf to hear, the blind to see, and the paralyzed to move.

Shattered Nerves takes us on a journey into a new medical frontier, where sophisticated, state-of-the-art medical devices repair and restore failed sensory and motor systems. In a compelling narrative that reveals the intimate relationship between technology and the physicians, scientists, and patients who bring it to life, Victor D. Chase explores groundbreaking developments in neural technology.

Through personal interviews and extensive research, Chase introduces us to the people and devices that are restoring shattered lives, from implants that enable the paralyzed to stand, walk, feed, and groom themselves, to those that restore bladder and bowel control, and even sexual function. Signals from the brains of paralyzed people are captured and transformed to allow them to operate computers. Brain implants hold the potential to resolve psychiatric illnesses and to restore the ability to form memories in damaged brains.

This timely and important book also explores troubling boundaries between restoration and enhancement, where implants could conceivably endow the able-bodied with superhuman capabilities. Chase concludes this fascinating book with a provocative question: Just because we can, does that mean we should?

Jump to
Quick Add
Shattered Nerves

Victor D. Chase

Publication Date
Binding Type
Request Exam CopyRequest Review Copy
Related

Related Books

Cover image of Genomic Medicine
Genomic Medicine

edited by Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D.
with a foreword by Elias Zerhouni, M.D.

$39.95
Quick Add
Genomic Medicine

edited by Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D.
with a foreword by Elias Zerhouni, M.D.

Publication Date
Binding Type
Cover image of Medicine by Design
Medicine by Design

Fen Montaigne

$36.00
Quick Add
Medicine by Design

Fen Montaigne

Publication Date
Binding Type
Preorder
Cover image of The Conversation on Biotechnology
The Conversation on Biotechnology

edited by Marc Zimmer

$16.95
Quick Add
The Conversation on Biotechnology

edited by Marc Zimmer

Publication Date: June 6, 2023
Binding Type
Preorder
The Killer Whale Journals

Hanne Strager
foreword and photographs by Paul Nicklen

$29.95
Quick Add
The Killer Whale Journals

Hanne Strager
foreword and photographs by Paul Nicklen

Publication Date: April 11, 2023
Binding Type
Preorder
Brains

Leif Østergaard

$8.95
Quick Add
Brains

Leif Østergaard

Publication Date: April 4, 2023
Binding Type
Reviews

Reviews

Devices that simulate, replace, or bypass nerves have the potential to help those disabled with nervous system and sensory disorders. Science and technology journalist Chase explores the world of these up-and-coming technologies.

[A] calm, competent, contemporary account of the development of devices to repair nervous systems responsible for the senses, movement and other functions.

Chase achieves his formidable aim, enabling the reader to make connections between scientific endeavor and its application to the lives of the vivid individuals to whom he introduces us.

Comprehensive and easily readable... Shattered Nerves weaves a history of how a field evolves.

Best of 2006

See All Reviews
About

Book Details

Publication Date
Status
Available
Trim Size
6
x
9
Pages
312
ISBN
9780801892134
Illustration Description
20 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Learning to Listen All Over Again
2. The Body Electric
3. Of Frogs' Legs and Transistors
4. The Grandfather of Neural Prostheses
5. Accidental Pioneers
6. Giving a Hand
7

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Learning to Listen All Over Again
2. The Body Electric
3. Of Frogs' Legs and Transistors
4. The Grandfather of Neural Prostheses
5. Accidental Pioneers
6. Giving a Hand
7. Looking Back at an Empty Wheelchair
8. The Dirty Little Secret
9. Sound in the Brain
10. In the Eye of the Beholder
11. Nerves of Platinum and Iridium
12. Pins and Needles in the Brain
13. From the Inside Out
14. Reaching the Depth of Depression
15. A Hole in the Center of the Brain
16. Ethics
17. Biomimetic and Superhuman
Selected Bibliography
Index

Author Bio
Featured Contributor

Victor D. Chase

Victor D. Chase is a science and technology writer who has written for a variety of publications, including Air & Space, IBM’s Think Research, MIT’s Technology Review, Nature Medicine, Popular Science, Science Digest, National Forum, R&D Magazine, Mechanical Engineering, and Environmental Health Perspectives.
Resources

Additional Resources