The Man with the Bionic Brain; And Other Victories over Paralysis

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2012-07-01
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press

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A behind-the-scenes view of cutting-edge medical research and discoveries that are helping people with disabilities regain control, this book is an insightful look into the possibilities of technology and the associated ethical, political, social, and financial controversies. After he was stabbed and paralyzed from the neck down, Matthew Nagle, a former high school football star, made scientific history when neurosurgeons implanted microelectrodes in his brain that recognized his thought patterns, allowing him to control a computer cursor. With the BrainGate system he was able to use e-mail, manipulate a prosthetic hand, adjust TV settings, and play video gamesall just by thinking. Dr. Jon Mukand, his research physician and a rehabilitation specialist, weaves together Matt's story with firsthand accounts of other courageous survivors of stroke, spinal injuries, and brain trauma and the amazing technology that improves their lives. Not only a discussion of scientific advances in the battle against paralysis, The Man with the Bionic Brainis an inspirational book about how biomedicine gives hope to people with disabilities and enables them to take control of their lives.

Author Biography

Jon Mukand, MD, PhD, is rehabilitation medicine specialist and medical director of the Southern New England Rehabilitation Center and serves on the clinical faculty of Brown University and Tufts University. He is the editor of Vital Lines: Contemporary Fiction about Medicine, Articulations: The Body and Illness in Poetry, and Rehabilitation for Patients with HIV Disease. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
At the Gateway to the Brain
Matt, June 22, 2004p. 3
The Hunting Knife at the Beach Party
Matt, July 3 to 15, 2001p. 11
Stairway to Recovery
Anna laconop. 31
Alive in the Electric Chair
Matt, July to September 2001p. 47
Parade with the Patriots
Matt, Late 2001 to Early 2002p. 69
Riding with an Electric Leg
Patricia Winesp. 87
Mt. Sinai's Medical Commandments and the Wheelchair Superman
Matt, Late 2002 to 2003p. 101
Monkeys Playing Video Games
Brain Gate, Late 2003p. 121
A Walk Around the Lake
Linda Holmesp. 133
Navigating a Study Through Two Research Review Boards
Brain Gate and Cybernetics, December 2003 to Early 2004p. 143
Play It Again
Kathy Spencerp. 161
The Antiseptic Baptism and the Neurosurgeon's Gift
Matt, May to June 2004p. 175
Wired, Connected, and Waiting for Signals
Matt, June to December 2004p. 197
Skating Away from a Stroke
Garrett Mendezp. 221
The Bionic Man
Matt, 2005p. 239
Imagining a God
Matt, 2006p. 263
A Starship Trooper's Electronic Suit
Floyd Morrowp. 275
In Flight
Matt, Early 2007p. 285
Aflame in Red Chrysanthemums
Matt, July 2007p. 301
Passing the Baton in the Race with Paralysisp. 309
Epiloguep. 313
Acknowledgmentsp. 325
Notesp. 330
Indexp. 339
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