Why Michael Couldn't Hit

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Tours the brains of great athletes to show how both accomplishment and tragedy may be the result of some unusual neurons

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A professor of neurology at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Klawans is that rara avis, a scientist with an interest in sports. He has combined the two to produce this enlightening study based on the successes, failures and tragedies of major sports figures such as Michael Jordan, whose unexcelled abilities in basketball did not carry over to baseball; Primo Carnera, the boxer whose acromegalic gigantism caused his death; Muhammad Ali, proof positive that the aim in boxing is to cause brain damage; Wilma Rudolph, who overcame crippling polio to become an Olympic running champion; and Babe Didrickson Zaharias, in Klawans's view the greatest athlete of this century. Readers also learn about the development of the neurological system and the ways drug therapy may help those with certain neurological disorders. A superb contribution by a writer who can make recondite physiological information comprehensible to lay readers. Photos.
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This is a fascinating study by a well-known neurologist/pharmacologist (Toscanini's Fumble and Other Tales of Clinical Neurology, Contemporary Bks., 1988. o.p.). Klawans explains how achievements and disappointments in certain sports can be traced to events of the brain. Specifically, an athlete develops skills at an early age, so trying to foster new talents later is next to impossible. Michael Jordan, who is referenced in the book's title, is a good example. The author chronicles the experiences of several competitors, including Roger Bannister, who utilized his knowledge of the nervous system to break the four-minute mile, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias's heroics in more than one sport. Incidentally, Michael couldn't hit a baseball because of his reflexes. (You have to read Chapter 4 to believe it!) Worthwhile for public libraries.?Larry Robert Little, Penticton Pub. Lib., British Columbia, Canada
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