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Body and brain hearing everything around them experiencing emotions thoughts pleasure and pain But now through Dr Owen's pioneering techniues we can talk to them and they can talk bac. Admittedly non fiction books about anything medical seem to be a siren song for me I find them boundless fascinating Having read and loved Being Mortal The Remedy and My Own Country I was immediately drawn to this one Adrian Owen a neuroscientist embarked into a career to explore learn and hopefully discover what occurs in a patient s brain when diagnosed as being in a vegetative state Throughout the book he intersperses real life patient stories discussions of his own personal life and experiences with the medical world as well as the head injury of the woman he once loved I found his patient stories the most fascinating with many wow moments as and of the gray zone was opened up to Owens and his fellow scientists as both technology and learning progress continued to expand At times the medical ese stumped me and got a bit dry but Owens was able to jump back into a narrative pace that helped bring the story alive to someone like me fascinated with medicine but a complete dunce when it comes to the science of it all For those people who are impacted by a brain trauma who work with children or adults with brain injuries or for those other people like me who are just suckers for a good medical mystery this book is a great choice

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Into the Gray Zone

In 2006 Dr Adrian Owen and his team made medical history They discovered a new realm of consciousness somewhere between life and death which they called the Grey Zone The people who i. Adrian Owen is a world renowned neuroscientist who has conducted research involving cognitive abilities in people with traumatic brain injuries In his newly published book Into the Gray Zone Owen writes about the cutting edge procedures he and his colleagues have developed in order to try to establish whether or not patients who have been diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state are in fact cognizant of their surroundingsAlthough some parts of the book are difficult to comprehend Owen successfully explains in layman s terms how the injuries sustained by patients impact various parts of the brain and what long term conseuences they produceEach chapter details the experiences Owen has encountered while working with specific patients and their families Each person experienced a sudden unexpected brain injury that left them trapped inside their body with no way to communicate their thoughts The damage sustained by their brains has placed them in the gray zone somewhere between life and death Each story is heartbreaking Yet Adrian Owen is optimistic that advances in brain research and technology will someday provide better outcomes for people with traumatic brain injuriesI would give this book stars if I could It is one of the most interesting and informative books I have ever read Thank goodness for these intelligent dedicated researchers whose goal is to help people when others have simply given up on them I was moved by Adrian Owen s comment about his research Beyond the elegant experiments and dazzling technology the heart of gray zone science is about finding people who have been lost to us and reconnecting them with the people they love and who love them Each contact still feels like a miracleWhat began as a scientific journey than twenty years ago a uest to unlock the mysteries of the human brain evolved over time into a different kind of journey altogether a uest to pull people out of the void to ferry them back from the gray zone so they can once again take their place among us in the land of the living

review Into the Gray Zone

Nhabit it are freuently labelled as irretrievably lost with no awareness or sense of self The shocking truth is that they are often still there an intact mind trapped inside a broken. This book is well worth the read The author cleverly tells his own progressive career path and life story surprisingly revealing much about himself and his feelings beyond the scienceAnd the science is interesting and the brain scanning for those who are deemed or may be in the gray zone the core of what this book describes The neuroscience of the operating brain and especially within those who are in coma unconscious and all the intermittent layers of possible in between and scaled for activity It s scary and absolutely ominous that in the past like in burial habits that there has been strong assumptions upon those with no reactions as being close to death or unaware which have been entirely wrong He gets into tangents of history and specific cases which were very illustrative Perhaps I wanted to hear about possible optimum treatment Regardless it has made me think about powers of attorney to a greater degree that the one I hold have And also when around the unconscious and non responsive I would and will always talk to them by name and declare in each detail exactly whatwhere and how touch or sound or involvement is occurring The mapping of the brain as this author surveys consistently that is very difficult work He explains the white matter well here Better than most in his field for sure But I would have liked about the scanning maps and less about his constantly moving and job tenure traveling details The last sections which contained his thought summations upon the possible future in this field 2 stars


10 thoughts on “Into the Gray Zone

  1. says:

    Please read you don't have to 'like' it but really this could save your life or the life of a loved one If you are 100% paralyzed from a brain injury whether it is from disease or an accident you are very likely t

  2. says:

    This book Into the Gray Zone A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen piued my interest because I have thought a great deal about just what it means to be conscious Every now and then we see stories in the media of people who have been in a vegetative state for years The case o

  3. says:

    Adrian Owen is a world renowned neuroscientist who has conducted research involving cognitive abilities in people with traumatic brain injuries In his newly published book Into the Gray Zone Owen writes about the cutting edge procedures he and his colleagues have developed in order to try to establish whether

  4. says:

    It is so rare that a book comes along that sparks my interest and intellect such that it is like this one I have

  5. says:

    This book is well worth the read The author cleverly tells his own progressive career path and life story surprisingly rev

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    GNab I received a free electronic copy of this book from Netgalley Adrian Owen and Scribner in exchange for an honest review Thank you all for sharing your hard work with meAdrian Owen outlines and details his work with patients suffering neurological damage due to accident or illness over the last 29 years the euipment and processes used to recognize consciousness in those persons diagnosed as being in a vegetative state This wa

  7. says:

    This review and others can be found on BW Book ReviewsThe gray zone A thing that no one has really heard of but everyone would know once they hear me say vegetative state That's what the gray zone is People who are somewhat responsive

  8. says:

    Admittedly non fiction books about anything medical seem to be a siren song for me; I find them boundless fascinating Having read and loved Being Mortal The Remedy and My Own Country I was immediately drawn to this one Adrian Owen a neuroscientist embarked into a career to explore learn and hopefully discover wh

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    Into the Gray Zone by Adrian Owen is about his journey as a neuroscientist looking for indications of consciousness in patients typically diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state the gray zone The book step wise takes us along for the ride as Dr Owen works with increasingly better technology and then works with his research team and colleagues to use that technology in a smarter and smarter way since time ana

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    An incredibly detailed and fascinating insight into the world of patients in vegetative states of mind and how the author and a team of specialists seemingly discovered a way to communicate with them The idea that vegetative patients experience a degree of consciousness is remarkable; it helps that this book was very well written with the non medic in mindThe area of neuropsychiatric care is massive and seems

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