A Stroke of Insight

22 Jan, 2010

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On Sunday November 8, 2009, Radio Rounds welcomed special guest Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who in 2008 was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (don’t worry — in the coming years, we’ll try and speak to the other 99 as well).

In December 1996, Dr. Taylor woke up to discover that she was experiencing a stroke — but amazingly, as a neuroanatomist, she knew and realized exactly what was happening to her. Three weeks later, neurosurgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital removed a golf-ball sized clot from her brain, and Taylor went on to write a book about her experience and her eight-year recovery. The book is entitled My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, which spent 17 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Bestseller list.

In this episode, Dr. Taylor discusses her experience, her current perspective on life, and her tireless work as an advocate of stroke patients. She also talks about how people around the world have responded to her unique, inspiring story and gave advice to physicians on how to treat stroke patients.

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