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My Stroke Of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey


On the morning of the 10th December 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke ... Show synopsis

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Reviews of My Stroke Of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

Overall customer rating: 4.334
Debbie C
by Debbie C on Apr 24, 2013

Very interesting and full of information. Will be a great discussion book at book club the first of next month.

Diantha H

A fascinating page-turner

by Diantha H on Dec 15, 2011

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.

angela  c

a wonderful recalling after a stroke

by angela c on Nov 26, 2010

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.


An awe-inspiring book.

by Sivvie on Apr 21, 2010

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.


My Stroke of Insight

by tiger2 on Aug 13, 2009

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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