Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
June 5, 2002
This is a science book that could change your life – or at least your understanding of what life is. It will certainly change your ideas about intelligence as Dr. Frank Vertosick discovers and illustrates the profound intelligence of every living thing, from the smallest virus to the entire ecosystem.
We have been misled by our own brainpower into believing that intelligence is limited to reading, writing, and computing. In fact, our bodies contain many highly intelligent systems just as remarkable as our brains. And in The Genius Within you will see how something as common as the immune system works with a savvy and devious cleverness. He will come to respect the brilliance of viruses and the canniness of germs. He will find out how some cancer cells outwit our finest medical techniques, and you will gain a profound respect for life itself.
Dr. Vertosick has been called “that rare animal, a neurosurgeon who is equally adept as an author” (Journal of Neurosurgery). He crosses scientific boundaries to pull together this extraordinary new view of intelligence. He is a neurosurgeon who is able to put our brain and our nervous system in a broad context, a brilliant scientist who pulls ideas together from a range of disciplines, and a marvelous writer who will engage you in a fantastic journey through life.
Frank T. Vertosick, Jr., M.D., is a neurosurgeon and the author of Why We Hurt and When the Air Hits Your Brain. A former president of the Pennsylvania Neurological Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.