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

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-26
  • Publisher: Plume

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The astonishing New York Timesbestseller 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.

Author Biography

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., is a neuron-anatomist affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is the national spokesperson at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank), and one of Time magazine-'s 100 Most Influential People in the World, 2008.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Heart to Heart, Brain to Brainp. xiii
Jill's Pre-Stroke Lifep. 1
Simple Sciencep. 9
Hemispheric Asymmetriesp. 26
Morning of the Strokep. 36
Orchestrating My Reducep. 48
My Return to the Stillp. 58
Bare to the Bonep. 66
Neurological Intensive Carep. 76
Day Two: The Morning Afterp. 83
Day Three: G.G. Comes to Townp. 89
Healing and Preparing for Surgeryp. 96
Stereotactic Craniotomyp. 112
What I Needed the Mostp. 115
Milestones for Recoveryp. 128
My Stroke of Insightp. 138
My Right and Left Mindsp. 144
Own Your Powerp. 153
Cells and Multidimensional Circuitryp. 157
Finding Your Deep Inner Peacep. 168
Tending the Gardenp. 185
Resourcesp. 189
Recommendation for Recovery
Appendix Ap. 191
Appendix Bp. 193
The Harvard Brian Bankp. 197
Indexp. 201
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