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Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death Hardcover – June 1, 2017
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—The New Yorker
“Astonishing . . . ground-breaking research . . . Science as an act of adventure, and also rescue. Owen is intrepid, and vulnerable. It never feels less than miraculous when he pulls a fellow human out of the dark.”
—The Times (UK) Book of the Week
“[A] fascinating memoir . . . The Gray Zone reads like a thriller as [Owen] recounts his and his teams’ efforts to explore [the] ‘gray zone’ . . . Owen’s enthusiasm for his science crackles from the pages. His determination to fight for the scores of voiceless gray-zone patients he encounters, to prove they’re ‘thinking, feeling people’ is hugely thought-provoking and deeply moving.”
—Mail on Sunday (UK)
“Ground-breaking . . . a fascinating and accessible account of cutting-edge science, and of those whose lives have been altered in an instant . . . ?Owen’s enthusiasm for his subject is infectious . . . This book will be required reading for anyone sitting by a loved one’s bedside, caregivers, doctors, ethicists, lawyers and philosophers.”
—Sunday Times (UK)
“A fascinating and highly readable book, written with evangelical fervor . . . gripping and moving.”
“Into the Gray Zone weaves a fascinating tale using medical data, heart-wrenching case studies and [Owen’s] own personal experiences.”
“[A] remarkable book . . . Through examinations of human brains damaged by trauma, tumors, infections and vascular accidents, [Owen] attempts to explore the nature of consciousness . . . [his] experiments have allowed vegetative-state patients with residual consciousness to connect with the external world.”
—Literary Review (UK)
"Meshing memoir with scientific explication, Owen reveals how functional magnetic resonance imaging can probe the deep space of trapped minds. It's a riveting read, from the march of technology and tests for neural responses—such as imagining playing a game of tennis—to extraordinary personal accounts of the 'gray zone' by partially recovered patients."
“Although he has written hundreds of research papers about his work, Into the Gray Zone is Owen’s first book pulling it altogether in fast-paced prose. Readers should prepare to be educated, yes. But more satisfyingly, they should prepare to be fascinated, astonished and, at times, moved to tears.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
“The model of how pop science involving sensational subjects should be done.”
—The Globe and Mail
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501135201
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501135200
- Publisher : Scribner; 1st edition (June 1, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #562,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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This book was helpful in learning more about this challenging injury.
The author by means of case studies explores the consciousness of a number of patients. It makes me wonder about the 75-85% that cannot be reached.
For those who are doubting about studying neurosciences this is the book that will motivate you to study neuroscience or any major related.
Top reviews from other countries
I use the word person deliberately. It comes from the classical Greek for the mask that actors wore to convey the personality of the character they were playing. It is the mask we wear in everyday life in interacting with the world outside our inner self.
The author is a neuroscientist who is ideally positioned to give an account of the topic discussed in this book. When attempting the task of explaining a difficult and novel concept to those who have some knowledge of the background but are new to a particular field of enquiry, or to those who are intrigued by the question despite knowing nothing of the background, it is often helpful to describe the historical development of our current understanding. This the author does to perfection. He tells the story as a simple tale of exploration, beginning from where we knew little and ending with where we know a little more.
This book is well crafted, and is an easy and entertaining read. The conclusion is hopeful. We now know how to communicate with individuals whose minds are alert but whose bodies are trapped in that most unfortunate of states. The future appears bright for those who would further advance our ability to interact with them and draw them back, closer into the comfortable world of human contact that most of us are privileged to inhabit.
In summary well worth reading for a major reorientation of perspective on the 'vegetative state' in at least a notable proportion of victims.