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Stroke Diaries: A Guide for Survivors and their Families Paperback – April 23, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199740260 ISBN-10: 0199740267 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199740267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199740260
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Olajide Williams writes from the front lines and brings back stories of hope."

- Mark McEwen, former co-host and weatherman of CBS's' The Early Show and author of After the Stroke: My Journey Back to Life

"Williams' Stroke Diaries is clearly aimed at stroke patients and their families and loved ones and at the public in general...Life is a series of stories. In wonderful, very readable prose, Williams recounts his patients' stories. Many of the patients are true victims of poverty, circumstances and their own weaknesses. Despite this they often show bravery and heroism in battling the disabilities that remain after their strokes. Williams uses each stroke patient's story as a springboard to deliver important background information about stroke- its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment...The book is peppered with simple diagrams, pictures, and tables that help skillfully to convey the information. Williams' prose is simple but elegant and a pleasure to read. I heartily recommend this book to everyone who seeks information about all of the facets of stroke."

- Louis R Caplan, MD, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

"Stroke Diaries offers vivid, informative and at times heart-wrenching stories about stroke survivors, and in the process emphasizes the importance of educating everyone about the warning signs and symptoms of stroke, a condition that affects nearly 800,000 Americans each year and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Dr. Williams combines lucid writing with practical, take-home information about stroke that should inform stroke patients, their families, and the public at large."

- Timothy A. Pedley, MD, Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Neurology, Chairman, Department of Neurology, Neurologist-in-Chief, The Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

"A public education program is sorely needed and the void is filled by this spirited book. The author, Olajide Williams, a Columbia University neurologist,...illustrates all aspects of stroke epidemiology and pathophysiology in poignant case histories from his own files, stories told in a way that makes each one human. In a deprived urban population, adult education is a challenge, so Dr. Williams has gone to grade schools, teaching children how to recognize stroke and how to get the adult patients to the hospital. The book is written in a lively and clear fashion. 17 chapters cover epidemiology, symptoms, stroke prevention, emergency treatment and certified stroke centers, hemineglect, locked-in syndrome, man-in-a-barrel, sex and psychosocial aspects, and recovery from stroke. The large intended audience of survivors and their families is no longer neglected."

- Lewis P. Rowland, MD, The Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

"It covers all aspects of stroke: clinical presentation, etiology, epidemiology, prevention, acute therapy, and post-stroke care. What makes this book unique is the discussion of these topics using clinical cases and patients' stories. It also contains great diagrams, pictures, and tables that help deliver the information efficiently. No other book compares to this one. It is a MUST read!"


"A perfect blend of poetic vignette and straightforward science...This kind of knowledge could save lives - and therefore it's imperative that as many people as possible read the book."
--Get Better Health

"An incredible book that speaks directly to the impact of stroke in African American communities like Harlem."
--Harlem World Blog

"Williams' intellectually sharp writing scythe cuts a considerable swath across the field of unusual and underrecognized stroke syndromes." -- Metapsychology Online Reviews

About the Author

Dr. Olajide Williams is a general neurologist with special interest in stroke. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University. He is also a fellow of Columbia University's prestigious Glenda Garvey Academy for outstanding teaching, and has been recognized locally and nationally for humanism in medicine. Dr. Williams has developed several innovative education programs for stroke survivors and the general public.

More About the Author

Dr Olajide Williams is an alumnus of the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University Medical Center, and Attending Neurologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Harlem Hospital Center. He received a Masters degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and he is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University. Dr Williams is responsible for creating the Stroke Center of Excellence at Harlem Hospital, New York, where he developed nationally recognized public stroke campaigns, including Hip Hop Stroke in partnership with the National Stroke Association. Dr Williams's contributions have earned him numerous local and national awards. These include; New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Urban Health Award for mitigating health care disparities, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University Distinguished Teacher Award, Columbia University Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine and Excellence in Teaching, the Network Journal's Top 40 Under 40 award, the NAACP Community Service Award, and a National Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr Williams was recently inducted into Columbia University's prestigious Glenda Garvey Teaching academy. He is a National Spokesperson for the National Stroke Association and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Recently, Dr Williams founded the Hip Hop Public Health Center, which focuses on developing innovative solutions to stroke literacy and school-aged obesity in high risk communities.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader 45 on May 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a great, quick read for anyone affected by stroke. It's written almost in a short-story format - each chapter starts with a captivating story about someone who's experienced stroke.

It's easy to read and has just the right amount of medical explanation for you to really understand what's going on. I'd recommend this for anyone who is concerned about stroke, has experienced a stroke, or is supporting a family member or friend who's had a stroke. It really is a beautifully written medical book (who knew such a thing existed?!!!?).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hazella Rollins-LaVar on April 16, 2010
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Stroke Diaries: A Guide for Survivors and their Families
You will most definitely be glad you read this book! As a stroke survivor myself, I cannot say enough about the "treatment" Dr. Williams illustrates through his characters and their inner dialogue. His compassion and level of understanding shine through in each and every eloquently written word. As a physician, he shows the rare ability to understand the core of the human spirit inside both a stroke victim and a caregiver. It's because of doctors like him that survivors such as I are still here to testify. Once you start reading, you won't put it down...and he even incorporates medical definitions and illustrations to help give us a window into the clinical side. What a wonderfully gifted man, doctor, writer and educator! All I can say is THIS IS A "MUST READ". You'll understand stroke like never before. Kudos to you, Dr. Williams, for your insight and honesty!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Galbraith Simmons on May 13, 2010
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Composed in equal parts of brief narratives and pertinent information, this new book by neurologist Olajide Williams is a welcome addition to the small but growing literature about stroke that aims at a general readership. In the course of 17 "episodes" gleaned from his practice, Williams outlines risk factors, describes stroke types and subtypes, and develops a series of brief stories that illustrate the human cost of a disorder that is relatively neglected, considering it is not only the third most common cause of death but also the most prevalent cause of adult disability. Williams does not neglect the use of tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), the only FDA-approved drug for treating stroke, which could be used with many more patients if knowledge that "time is brain" was more widely disseminated. Originally educated in Nigeria and today a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center, Williams combines a refreshingly humane understanding of patient dynamics with accurate and thoughtful use of statistics and helpful illustrations. The book has a foreword by Ralph L. Sacco MD, who in July 2010 will become president of the American Heart Association.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oladayo Sanusi on May 14, 2010
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This easy to read book introduces in a compassionate way a better understanding of stroke for the patients, the family, and the care givers.
I have co-authored a book in the past with Dr. Williams. Heartquake: Songs for Healing. I thought I knew him his style in prose and poetry. However, his compassionate and concise `Stroke Diaries' has re-introduced him to me as a gentleman-physician, who knows how to deliver messages like a story teller.
I congratulate the human race for been blessed with people like Dr. Williams, whose relentless efforts at delivering quality care to his patients while educating all of us, will make a positive impact in our ways and approach to a disease that has multiple pathways in presentation, treatment and recovery.

Oladayo A. Sanusi, MD., FACP, FASN. (Author of RAW: Real American War)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
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