May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009
A brain scientist discusses suffering a stroke at the age of thirty-seven, describing her discovery of differences in the left and right side of the brain and the steps she took over a period of eight years to recover her health.
When Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a massive left-hemisphere stroke at the age of 37, she was uniquely qualified to understand the mechanics of what was occurring inside her brain. As a neuroanatomist, she realized what was happening to her even as, over the course of four hours, her cognitive rational mind began to deteriorate to the point that she lost her ability to walk, talk, and comprehend the concept of time. Despite the massive trauma, and years of rehabilitation before she could operate normally, Taylor was amazed and delighted at her new appreciation of her healthy right brain: she founds herself in a world of euphoric sensory experience, a kind of primitive and powerful awareness that humans have mostly forgotten in their abstract, conceptual, left-brain lives. Her memoir is a redemptive story of illness and recovery, as well as a fascinating scientific exploration of the human nervous system, and how unaware we are of its many secrets.
- Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Health + Wellness
- Subgenre: Personal Memoirs, General, Diseases / Nervous System (incl. Brain)
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Jill Bolte Taylor
- Online Item #: 11825552
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-5562
- ISBN: 9780452295544
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported