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My Stroke of Insight


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. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

An extraordinary story

by Queenie on Feb 21, 2013

For anyone who has dealt with stroke, either personally or as an observer/supporter during recovery.

angela  c

superb -especially for the 'insight'

by angela c on Jan 14, 2011

an exellent actual account of ' how and what and why' a patient who has suffered from a stroke, has to cope with the world , i also had a stroke , and this book could be ME. i am sure that it would be of benefit to ALL medical staff. they would learn a great deal from it. perhaps the future medical and nursing care of us will improve - thanks to jills account of her problem-- i would like to thank her so very much for 'saying' just how one feels .

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angela  c

a book that is ESSENTIAL for every doctor, nurse,carer

this book, i found in church- no, do not stop reading this,it is a wonderful description of everything that is needed by a person after a stroke. a.m.collins srn. rnt. dip. nursing (lon). b.ed (hons)

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