Medicine: The Ocean of the Mind

The human brain is like the ocean in more ways than one. Both have a titanic capacity for good and evil; both have surface waves and unplumbed deeps. What Rachel Carson wrote of the ocean (in The Sea Around Us) is as true of the brain: "The largest and most awe-inspiring waves ... are invisible; they move on their mysterious courses far down in the hidden depths . . . rolling ponderously and unceasingly." This week there was a flurry of medical news made by researchers probing the dark unfathom'd caves of mind.

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