On the morning of the 10th December 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four hours. As the damaged left side of her brain -- the rational, logical, detail and time-oriented side -- swung in an out ...
On the morning of the 10th December 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four hours. As the damaged left side of her brain -- the rational, logical, detail and time-oriented side -- swung in an out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realities: the euphoric Nirvana of the intuitive and emotional right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace; and the logical left brain, that realized Jill was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely. In My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Taylor brings to light a new perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery that she gained through the intimate experience of awakening her own injured mind. The journey to recovery took eight years for Jill to feel completely healed.Using her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insight gained from her right brain that December morning.
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Very interesting and full of information. Will be a great discussion book at book club the first of next month.
Dec 15, 2011
A fascinating page-turner
Even though I knew the outcome, I was gripped by the details. I gained valuable insights about left and right brain functions, and salute the author for her candour and strength.
Nov 26, 2010
a wonderful recalling after a stroke
as an ex nurse and teacher tutor, and also after having experienced a similar stroke to miss jill bolte taylor ;
it is wonderful - a book that must BE READ by EVERYONE in the CARING profession, both professional and non professional folk .
IT shews GREAT INSIGHT into how the patient is, WE ALL NEED TO LEARN from this book.
Personally, i will spread the word about this wonderful account- thank you miss bo;te-taylor.
Apr 21, 2010
An awe-inspiring book.
Reading of Jill Bolte Taylor's massive stroke, and her courage and intelligence during the shutting down of the left side of her brain is awe-inspiring and rather like taking a ride on a roller-coaster! It's a 'nail biter'. She tells of her experience with calmness, generosity and an underlying excitement that she is able to enlighten us as to the intricacies of the brain. This is not only a book with the plot of a lifetime (it would make a dynamic movie), but it is invaluable to us mortals who want to know more about that most important part of our body, and use that knowledge to tell us why we behave as we do. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the book is the read of the century.
Aug 13, 2009
My Stroke of Insight
A phenomenal reading experience... at once spiritual as well as informative for the reader, experiential and contemplative from the author's perspective;. A brain scientist contemplating the effects of her own stroke which gravely disabled the left hemisphere of her brain, initially permitting only the right hemisphere to function.She discovered parts of her consciousness and capabilities that had been dormant prior to her stroke, her "right brain" creativity, and an appreciation of being conscious purely in the present. One considers the parallels of her right hemisphere experience to the practice of meditation. She recovered left brain functioning over a ten year period. Reading her account was an unforgettble experience.
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