Why Michael Couldn't Hit and Other Tales of Neurology of Sports
- By: Kim Hutton
Harold Klawans is an author so good I'll buy his books in hardback. Why Michael Couldn't Hit is a book to keep and reread again and again. In the same format as the earlier Toscanini's Fumble and Newton's Madness, here are neurological anecdotes about individuals, in this case sportspeople. But the reader does not need to know much about sport or neurology because Klawans writes with such enthusiasm for both that it is impossible not to be swept along by his fervour.
Although aiming at a general readership Klawans avoids oversimplification, and there is plenty to learn (however much of a neuro whizzkid you may be). His explanation of why it is easier for a right hander to hit a ball bowled by a left hander seems straightforward. Even the explanation of the reason why people with acromegaly make bad boxers is easy to follow, without omitting relevant physics. The