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Science  23 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5508, pp. 1493-1495
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5508.1493

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The Diagnosis. Alan Lightman. Pantheon, New York, 2000. 381 pp. $25, C$36. ISBN 0-679-43615-4. Bloomsbury, London, £16.99. ISBN 0-7475-4932-X.

A professor of humanities at MIT, Lightman has created a fascinating novel from a mysterious neurological disease, the hyperreality of the internet, and the story of Socrates' death.

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