William H. Calvin and George A. Ojemann's CONVERSATIONS WITH NEIL'S BRAIN (Postscript)
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Conversations with Neil’s Brain
The Neural Nature of Thought & Language
Copyright  1994 by William H. Calvin and George A. Ojemann.

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William H. Calvin, Ph.D., is a neurophysiologist on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington.

George A. Ojemann, M.D., is a neurosurgeon and neurophysiologist on the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington.


A great many patients are represented in this book, usually through a question they asked or a concern they expressed. Some were the patients undergoing operations such as Neil’s, who contributed much knowledge through their cooperation. We thank them all for their contributions to our understanding of the difficult issues concerning the relationship between brain and mind with which this book has been concerned.
      The book is hardly comprehensive. “A personal selection” is closer to the truth, and the selection was considerably biased by the problems of constructing a story suitable for general readers. Our editor, William Patrick, was of great help in steering us to the narrative voice which we finally adopted. We must also thank our colleagues who helped straighten us out on various matters: Katherine Graubard, Linda Moretti Ojemann, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Derek Bickerton, Susan Goldin-Meadow, John Palka, Elizabeth Loftus, Merle Prim, and Mark Sullivan. We are grateful to our more general readers who suffered through rough drafts and flagged the bumps in the road: they include Blanche Graubard, Agnes Calvin, David and Joan Ojemann, Daryl Hochman, Steven Ojemann, Ann-Elizabeth Ojemann, Eric K. Williams, Douglas W. vanderHoof, Diane Brown, Linda Castellani (to whom we owe the title of Chapter 3), Elaine Sweeney, Susan McCarthy, Betty Kamen, Albert Geiser, Randall Tinkerman, Patrizia DiLucchio, Richard Raucci, Lena M. Diethelm, and various fellow passengers on long airline flights.
      A Note for the Professionals: You may have wondered about how one patient managed to participate in so many different tests, or happened to personify the classic teaching-case features of complex partial seizures. That is because “Neil” is not merely a pseudonym but a composite (and should not be cited in the manner of a case report) of several temporal lobe epileptics who cannot be further identified, for all the usual reasons of patient confidentiality. He is a