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

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Penguin, May 12, 2008 - Science - 224 pages
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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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A Scientist's Insight gained from a Stroke

User Review  - Michele, Wellness Buyer - Borders

My Stroke of Insight is a fascinating first person account of Brain Scientist, Jill Bolte Taylor's experience after being struck with a massive stroke. She shares the details of what her brain endures ... Read full review

Amazing recounting of a stroke

User Review  - cathykb - Borders

What does it feel like to experience a stroke? This book provides a first hand account - I couldn't put it down. Dr. Taylor also provides great information about the brain that is understandable to ... Read full review

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Jills PreStroke Life
Simple Science
Hemispheric Asymmetries
Morning of the Stroke
Orchestrating My Rescue
My Return to the Still
Bare to the Bone
Healing and Preparing for Surgery
Stereotactic Craniotomy
What I Needed the Most
Milestones for Recovery
My Stroke of Insight
My Right and Left Minds
Own Your Power
Cells and Multidimensional Circuitry

Neurological Intensive Care
The Morning After
G G Comes to Town
Finding Your Deep Inner Peace
Tending the Garden

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About the author (2008)

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who teaches at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, Indiana. She is the National Spokesperson for the Mentally Ill for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank) and the Consulting Neuroantomist for the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute. Since 1993 she has been an active member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Her story has been featured on the PBS program Understanding Amazing Brain, among others. She was interviewed on NPR’s Infinite Mind and ABC News, and was named one of The 100 of the World’s Most Influential People of 2008 in Time Magazine.

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