The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Modern World, by Iain McGilchrist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First published in 2009, The Master and his Emissary is a landmark in studies on the two hemispheres of the brain, and how their different modes of interacting with reality have shaped the world we live in. Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and academic and has been both a practising consultant and a professor of English literature at Oxford University. His comprehensive grasp of arts and science is one of the keys to the book’s success, providing not only the clinical research to back up his arguments, but also finding their expression and manifestation in the artistic achievements of the Western world.

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