BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:499
  1. Sean A Spence, clinical senior lecturer in psychiatry (
  1. University of Sheffield

    Rita Carter

    Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20, pp 320

    ISBN 0 304 35600 X

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    If this book were a movie it would be a Hollywood blockbuster. It has fantastic production values, glossy pages, wide margins, some truly beautiful images, and a narrative approach to factual interpretation. It even features cameo appearances from leading contemporary theoreticians; their comments, comprising often-tinted pages, parachuted into the text at opportune moments.

    Carter, a journalist, has amassed an impressive array of scientific detail, mainly describing the neuroanatomical basis of conscious awareness. …

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