The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner

The Art of Medicine, Episode #34, Bret Stetka's History of the Human Brain

May 30, 2021 Andrew Wilner, MD
The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner
The Art of Medicine, Episode #34, Bret Stetka's History of the Human Brain
Show Notes

Show Notes

Please join me for this enjoyable 15-minute interview with Bret Stetka, MD, who discusses his new book, “A History of the Human Brain.” Bret has been my editor at Medscape.com for more than a decade. He also freelances as a health and science journalist for Scientific American and NPR. His excellent writing came to the attention of an agent, and the idea for “A History of the Human Brain” was born!

I’ve nearly completed reading his new book, and it’s casual, clear, informative, and fun. Bret covers a few billion years of history in 250 pages with ease. 

How, exactly, we came to possess the most advanced biological, cognitive processor on the planet remains something of a mystery. Bret considers the influence of fire, language, socialization, and tools on brain development. Leaning on his experience as a food writer, he explores how various nutrients nourish the brain and their possible role in stimulating brain evolution. The fact that humans can digest a variety of plants and animals may also have played an essential role in our species’ success.

I congratulate Bret on accomplishing such an ambitious project. A History of the Human Brain is available at Amazon.com, the publisher’s website, and on my library page.

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