The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment
On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.
For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.
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My stroke of insight
Nice balance between science and personal experience. Very engaging
Too text booky
I am a Physical Therapist and read this book for the patient perspective aspect. The relatively brief account of the acute stroke was absolutely the best part of the book and I am so glad that she was willing to relive these details in print. As a clinician who treats stroke survivors and their families, I appreciated the appendices as well.
The story would best be told as a short story in a magazine like Reader's Digest. At the beginning of the book I found myself saying, "get to the morning of the stroke already". By the end of the book, I felt like the author was perseverating on the right hemisphere concept, saying the same thing over and over again. I did not even bother to read the last 20 pages for this reason as every spot check revealed repitition of her fascination with the right hemisphere.
I was looking for more detail about her acute stroke deficits. While the book was clear that her main issues were language and memory, there was some indication that she initially had motor deficit as well. However, she was discharged home after only 5 days. Also curious why the surgery was not done immediately.
I would only recommend the middle of this book.
Powerful story. As a caregiver whom specializes in bringing hope to hopeless, it gave me great insight on how better care for my people. Thank you for inspirational story.