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008 161026s2017 nyu b 001 0 eng d
037 |bSimon & Schuster, Order Dept 100 Front st, Riverside, NJ,
USA, 08075|nSAN 200-2442
050 14 RB150.C6|bO94 2017
082 04 616.8/49|223
100 1 Owen, Adrian M.,|eauthor.
245 10 Into the gray zone :|ba neuroscientist explores the border
between life and death /|cAdrian Owen.
250 First Scribner hardcover edition.
264 1 New York :|bScribner,|c2017.
300 xi, 304 pages ;|c24 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-281) and
505 0 The ghost that haunts me -- First contact -- The unit --
Half-life -- Scaffolds of consciousness -- Psychobabble --
The world as will -- Tennis, anyone? -- Yes and no -- Are
you in pain? -- Live or let die? -- Alfred Hitchcock
presents -- Back from the dead -- Take me home -- Reading
520 A neuroscientist reveals his work with patients believed
to be brain dead to explain how up to twenty percent of
them were still consciously alive, sharing insights into
what life may be like for such patients and its moral
520 "From renowned neuroscientist Adrian Owen comes a
thrilling, heartbreaking tale of discovery in one of the
least-understood scientific frontiers: the twilight region
between full consciousness and brain death. People who
inhabit this middle region called the 'gray zone' have
sustained traumatic brain injuries or are the victims of
stroke or degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and
Parkinson's. Many are oblivious to the outside world, and
their doctors and families often believe they're incapable
of thought. But a sizable number of patients--as many as
twenty percent--are experiencing something different:
intact minds adrift within damaged brains and bodies. In
2006, Adrian Owen led a team that discovered this lost
population and made medical history, provoking an ongoing
debate among scientists, physicians, and philosophers
about the meaning, value, and purpose of life. In Into the
Gray Zone, we follow Owen as he pushes forward the
boundaries of science, using a variety of sophisticated
brain scans, auditory prompts, and even Alfred Hitchcock
film clips to not only 'find' patients who are trapped
inside their heads but to actually communicate with them
and elicit answers to moving questions, such as 'Are you
in pain?' and 'Do you want to go on living?' and 'Are you
happy?' (Many gray zone patients do, in fact, claim to be
satisfied with their quality of life.) Into the Gray Zone
shines a fascinating light on how we think, remember, and
pay attention. And it shows us how the field of brain-
computer interfaces is about to explode, radically
changing prognoses for people with impaired brain function
and creating, for all of us, the tantalizing possibility
of telepathy and augmented intelligence. Ultimately; this
is not just a spellbinding story of scientific discovery
but a deeply human, affirming book that causes us to
wonder anew at the indomitable bonds of love."--Jacket.
650 0 Persistent vegetative state.
650 0 Brain damage|xPatients.
650 0 Persistent vegetative state|xMoral and ethical aspects.
650 1 Brain damage|xPatients.
650 7 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical.|2bisacsh
650 7 MEDICAL / Neuroscience.|2bisacsh
650 7 SCIENCE / Cognitive Science.|2bisacsh