Understanding Savant Syndrome
This is the first book to collect the most fascinating cases of Savant Syndrome since it was first described by Dr. J. Langdon Down in 1887. This book documents the spectacular abilities of these remarkable people, and describes as well the love, determination, and dedication of their equally remarkable families, teachers and caregivers. The book shares observations over a 40 year period of time by Dr. Treffert of the far-reaching implications this astonishing condition has for understanding brain function and hidden potential within us all.
"Superior science writing--lucid, exciting, tinged with mystery.
"Psychiatrist Treffert pulls together in this engrossing book his 26 years of research on the mind boggling phenomenon of the savant. Neither pop survey nor technical study, this richly entertaining book deftly weaves together medical and scientific findings, historical anecdotes, and profiels of three savants with whom the author has worked intensively. Treffert concludes by arguing convincingly--and enticingly--that through studying Savant Syndrome we may discover 'methods of tapping some of the buried capability' that he believes lies in every human being."
Publishers Weekly: "Compelling".
Booklist: "Treffert has studied the 'savant syndrome' for years and presents here a comprehensive and thought-provoking analysis...The savant syndrome is fascinating, and Treffert's book is an enlightening affirmation of the powers of the mind and spirit."
Nature: "The first comprehensive account of these astonishing people...Written with gusto...they inspire awe...Treffert's lively interest in savants is infectious."