Blog | Friday, April 24, 2009

The upside of losing your brain


Neurology is one of those specialties that always has case studies interesting to the layman, and yesterday's "update" was no exception.

Martin A. Samuels, MACP, told the story of a woman whose primary progressive aphasia caused her to become a great painter. As her frontal lobe deteriorated, her talent emerged. The theory is that the inhibitory part of her brain had previously been masking her creativity. Not sure whether it's inspiring or depressing to learn that us overly analytic scientific types might actually have artistic genius buried somewhere in our heads.

Dr. Samuels joked, "I've told my wife, 'If I ever paint anything halfway decent, get some long-term care insurance.'"