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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 Reprint edition (May 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295544
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 15.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bohdan Sirant on Aug. 25 2008
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This is Dr. Taylor's gripping account of her own "neuroplastic" rehabilitation, very accessibly described --as only a neuroanatomist and neuroscientist could describe it.

Dr. Taylor gives hope to all who have suffered, not only stroke, but any loss of mental function --such as the tragic brain damage that follows inhalant abuse by vulnerable children and adolescents.

Dr. Taylor describes beautifully her personal growth and sublimation that followed her stroke-induced transcendental experiences.

Her mother's loving and untiring therapy -- which masterfully and intuitively engaged the healing power of brain neuroplasticity-- was truly inspirational.

I highly recommend this wonderful story of Dr. Taylor's healing journey to all mental health workers.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 22 2008
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"The story that follows is my stroke of insight into the beauty and resiliency of the human brain. It's a personal account, as seen through the eyes of a neuroscientist [or brain scientist, which the author is], about what it felt like to experience the deterioration of my left brain [that is, the author experienced a rare form of stroke or cerebrovascular accident in the left cerebral hemisphere of her brain at age 37] and then recover [or survive] it. It is my hope that this book will offer insight into how the brain works in both wellness and in illness. Although this book is written for the general public, I hope you will share it with people you want to help recover from brain trauma [not just stroke patients] and their caregivers."

The above is found in this insightful book authored by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. Note that this book is a record of Taylor's "personal journey" of having and recovering from a stroke. She tells us:

"Every brain has a story and this is mine."

This book falls into four parts:

(1) Pre-stroke:

This part introduces the reader to who Taylor was before she had her stroke.

(2) Stroke:

Recounts the events of the morning she had her stroke. She provides a step-by-step account of the deterioration of her cognitive abilities, as seen through the eyes of a brain scientist.

(3) Recovery:

Here, Taylor shares chronologically her journey to recovery.

(4) What she has learned:

That is, what Taylor has learned about the brain after having and recovering from a stroke.

This book may be unique in that the person who had the stroke was a neuroscientist, neuroanatomist,
or brain scientist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Vonk on Oct. 28 2011
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Jill's journey from a left brain to right brain lens on the world after her stroke is a revelation. Her unique ability to articulate the left/right duality reveals not only how the brain works, but why we have so much trouble empathizing and relating to those who literally process the world around them totally differently from ourselves. Massive implications for business life, just for starters-- her lessons hold the keys for better collaboration between the right and left brainers. An utterly fascinating read; as the cliche goes, I could not put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ann g lind on March 15 2011
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Everyone should read this. We all need to know more about our brain. It is our biggest power. Let's make it our friend by understanding how it works. Jill Bolte Taylor gives us this insight through a terrifying experience that she handles with her cool analytical mind trained in scientific research.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By May on Aug. 20 2010
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Thank you for giving me the 'insight' into a stroke patient's mind. The intro chapters were great as it gave me a basis for an understanding of the brain before reading Jill's recount. Jill's recount of the "day" of the stroke and shortly after was truly an 'insight' for me as I deal with my mother's stroke. "How to talk to a stroke victim" gave me more empathy in dealing with Mom. Thank you for giving me HOPE as we were told by the doctors after a few months had past, that "this is as good as it gets and you'll never have your Mom back." She's back. Love, support and daily diligence with my Mom has brought her further than we were given any hope of by the doctors. Healing is slow but it continues...........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Stephens on Feb. 26 2013
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Such a inspirational story! Makes our everyday challenges pale in comparison to what this lady has endured throughout her life. A must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReadyReader on Nov. 9 2012
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My Stroke of Insight is a very insprational book and shows us how resilient the human body is and
how interconnected body, mind and spirit are! I talk to everyone about how great this book is and
it is now being passed on to family and friends. I am grateful to have met Jill through her book!
She adds the perfect amount of humour to her writing...I loved this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Decaf Drinker on Aug. 7 2012
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I love how Jill puts science behind what spiritual teachers have been leading us to for so many years. I also love how immediately helpful her story and her suggestions can be for families living the experience of a loved one with a brain injury. It is perfect.
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