Deep in the Brain
At the age of 46, philosopher and university professor Helmut Dubiel was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Eventually, the illness got so bad that he decided to undergo deep brain stimulation surgery. Following the operation, Dubiel found himself in possession of a peculiar power: he could now choose between more than one personality. Deep in the Brain describes Dubiel's battle between the inclination to give up and the force necessary to reinvent himself and, eventually, rise above his illness.
"This is not just the story of a man suffering from Parkinson's disease. On the contrary, its author uses his disease as a means of reflecting upon the brutal causality of life, and upon the existential vulnerability and the need for protection that are its consequences. Both, indeed, persist despite much technological advancement, which shows itself to be always a double-edged sword.""-KulturRadio (Germany)" "A book that begs reflection: on the promises that the constantly evolving medical field offers; on the humanity of a society that refuses to accept pain.""-Die Zeit (Germany)" "Disturbing and at the same time fascinating. But above all magnificently written."- "Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany)" "How does stigmatization work? What are the limits of medical advancement? How do healthy people behave towards unhealthy people? Dubiel provides his readers with intelligent and balanced answers to these questions.""-Focus Magazine (Germany)"