Next Book Group: My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor

Our Book Group is scheduled to meet either Friday, March 30th from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. or Wednesday, April 4th from noon – 1:00 p.m.  The book which is subtitled, A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journal is the author’s  remarkable story of experiencing a massive stroke as the result of an AVM and then the seven year recovery process.  In 2008 Dr. Taylor gave a TED talk describing some of what she writes about and even brings a real brain to show the audience to illustrate how really separate both hemispheres of the brain are!  The Atlantic Free Press , New England Journal of Medicine and January Magazine all review the book and her homepage includes an update of what she is currently doing.  I also thought that this discussion by undergrad science students on the Serendip website raised some interesting questions.  According to the Centers for Disease Control Stroke Fact Sheet, over 800,000 people die in the U.S. each year from cardiovascular disease and strokes.  Every 40 seconds someone experiences a stroke and every 4 minutes someone dies of a stroke.  The March 15th issue of Nature had an interesting article, A Tale of Two Halves  about studies with patients who had a corpus callosotomy in the early 70s as therapy for several seizures.  Finally, the National Stroke Association has information about recovery.

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