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Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by A.J. Lees

Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment

Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by A.J. Lees
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Sep 12, 2017 | 236 Pages
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“Lees takes the reader on an extraordinary journey inside and outside the brain. His deep humanity and honesty shines throughout. The inevitable comparison with the late, great Oliver Sacks is entirely just.” —Raymond Tallis

“[Lees’s] book is not just a wonderfully unexpected addition to the Burroughs literature, but an important polemic for more humane and imaginative medical research.” —Phil Baker, The Times Literary Supplement

“It is hard to believe that this extraordinary memoir is not fiction, but every word  turns out to be rooted in hospital life and literary experience. Andrew Lees is an internationally distinguished neurologist, Britain’s leading Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s expert. Mentored By a Madman is both an exotic memoir and a passionate appeal for a more humane approach to bio-medical research. In associating himself with Burroughs, Professor Lees is arguing that potential breakthroughs in the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases are most likely to come from a relaxation of the stringent controls surrounding the profession.” —Robert McCrum, The Observer

“Andrew Lees has written a fascinating and provocative memoir.”— Jon Palfreman, Journal of Parkinson’s Disease

“This book is highly recommended to anyone who wants to reimagine the magic of neurology, science, life, the universe and everything.”  —Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

“A.J. Lees’ Mentored by a Madman is a kaleidoscopic mix of his experiences as a neurologist, his private passions and how they have informed his career, as well as his thoughts regarding some of the bureaucracy that limits research and medical practice today. What gives this book such a unique perspective is the part played by the titular ‘madman’…It is a rare thing to find a book with such a unique perspective and accompanying content; however, this is exactly what Mentored by a Madman provides…The book is also reminiscent in some ways of the literary work of Oliver Sacks…As well as a personal account of Lees’ experiences, this book also serves as a call for more open-mindedness and freedom in our exploration of medical science.” —The Lancet

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