There were already many revered neuroscientists throughout history. Ivan Pavlov became famous for his study of behavior modification. He not only influenced science, but popular culture as well. People threw around the phrase “Pavlov’s dog” without even understanding the important contribution to neuroscience that had been made by Ivan Pavlov’s research.
Dr. Ben Carson made medical history by being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, perilously linked by their heads. This surgical prodigy also made his mark in the field of epilepsy when he performed a hemispherectomy. Young children suffering from uncontrollable seizures were cured, though the risk of mental retardation was high. Hemispherectomy is a procedure which involves removing one half of the brain. This difficult procedure spurred the further study of epilepsy and seizures, to which Griffin was personally grateful to Dr. Carson for.
Sam Harris and David Eagleman used their knowledge of neuroscience in writing books. Sam Harris delved into philosophy, becoming an anti-religion icon. Both he and Mr. Eagleman, a Guggenheim Fellow and expert on time perception and synesthesia, became New York Times bestselling authors. Neuroscience was once a media darling. Griffin himself, as a young man, had been thoroughly enamored by its motley charms. He didn’t need much parental encouragement to follow in his father’s steps as a neuroscientist. It was what he always wanted to become.
Ben Carson, Sam Harris, David Eagleman, Ivan Pavlov… they were mere stepping stones. Amateurs. Dr. Jay Griffin would outdo them all.
The Red String, Chapter Six, The Cure