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My Stroke of Insight Paperback – May 26 2009
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"Transformative...[Taylor's] experience...will shatter [your] own perception of the world."
"[Dr. Taylor] brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities."
-The New York Times
"Fascinating...invaluable...fearless...This book is about the wonder of being human."
-Robert Koehler, Tribune Media Services
About the Author
Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who teaches at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, Indiana. She is the National Spokesperson for the Mentally Ill for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank) and the Consulting Neuroantomist for the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute. Since 1993 she has been an active member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Her story has been featured on the PBS program Understanding Amazing Brain, among others. She was interviewed on NPR’s Infinite Mind and ABC News, and was named one of The 100 of the World’s Most Influential People of 2008 in Time Magazine.
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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.
"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:
This part introduces the reader to who Taylor was before she had her 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.
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.Read more ›
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Jill Bolte Taylor's devastating stroke is a springboard to understanding the significant differences between the left and right lobes of the human brain. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Wendy L. Francis
Style of writing easy to read. It's a must read for stroke victems and care takers and families. Also for craniotomy group as well.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Marvellous read. Informative and 'entertaining'. A must read by anyone who knows someone who has experienced a stroke. Wish I had read it sooner.Published 2 months ago by Heather Blakeborough
This book gave a knowledgeable insight into brain functioning and its ability to recover from a major insult like a stroke. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Frona Sullivan
My sister had a stroke and it helped the family in many ways 1.to understand strokes .
2.how to relate to stroke victims.
3. Read more
While I found her description of her recovery a little bit too long, her conclusions about the control we can have over the functioning of our two hemispheres of the brain are... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marie L Stitt
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