Neurosurgery: Life with Half a Brain

During the week, Ernest Coe, 47, walks short distances down the corridors of Omaha Veterans Administration Hospital with the aid of a cane. Using his left hand, he works the automatic elevator. He can tell time and speak intelligibly in short phrases. At home on weekends, he gets out of his wheelchair to take his meals at the table and insists on helping his wife with the dishes. And, adds his wife, he whistles at pretty girls, as he always has.

For Coe, these are monumental accomplishments; for neurology and neurosurgery, they have...

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