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Author Owen, Adrian M., author.

Title Into the gray zone : a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death / Adrian Owen.

Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2017.

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Location Call No. Status
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  616.849 OWEN    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  616.849 OWE    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  616.849 OWEN    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  616.849 OWEN    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  616.849 OWE    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  616.849 OWEN    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  616.849 OWEN    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  616.849 OW    Check Shelf
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Description xi, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-281) and index.
Contents 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 minds.
Summary 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 implications.
"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.
Subject Persistent vegetative state.
Brain damage -- Patients.
Persistent vegetative state -- Moral and ethical aspects.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical.
MEDICAL / Neuroscience.
SCIENCE / Cognitive Science.
Brain damage -- Patients.
ISBN 1501135201
9781501135200
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