Dr. James R. Doty was 12 years old when he walked into a magic shop on the outskirts of his hometown, looking to learn some new card tricks.
What he actually learned was far more significant. In fact, it changed his life.
In his new book, “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart” (Avery, $26, 288 pages), Doty recalls meeting a woman named Ruth, who offered to teach him techniques that would overcome his fears and chart his future.
Today, Doty says those techniques worked so well, they “literally rewired my brain.”
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