quote from Jane Bowles:
The Prevention of Stroke by Philip B. Gorelick and Milton Alter (Hardcover – 26 Apr 2002)
Recovery and Management of Neuropsychological Impairments by Edgar Miller (Hardcover – 2 May 1984)


Steps to Follow: Guide to the Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia by Patricia M. Davies (Paperback – Nov 1991)

gives you some ideas of how to answers all those tests……………….

Aphasia in Adults. Diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment by Hildred Magdalene Schuell, James Jerome Jenkins and Edward Jiménez PABÓN (Unknown Binding – 1964)
no pictures………but nice ideas………….


a bit dated 1968

Dysphasia: Professional Guidance for Family and Patient (Foundations of Speech Pathology) by McKenzie W. Buck


old hippy tells it like it is

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying by Ram Dass


The Sudden Change in My Life (Market Books Series) [Paperback]

Publisher: QueenSpark Books (Sep 1995)
ISBN-10: 090473336X
local author about a brain tumour
i came across when that film came out — gives a brief history of the theories eg Demosthenes (circa 350 BC) who prescribed talking with pebbles in tyhe mouth which looking in a mirror………
Neuroanatomy: Basic and Clinical: Basic and Applied by M. J. T. FitzGerald MD PhD DSC MRIA Professor (Paperback – 20 May 1992)
ISBN-10: 070201432X

text for students — a bit boring —

The Human Brain in Dissection by Donald G. Montemurro and J. Edward Bruni (Plastic Comb – 30 Jun 1988)
isbn 0195049268


on-going bibliography of books about having a stroke including references to aphasia:
the diving-bell and the butterfly by Bauby (1996)
the third killer by guy wint (1965)
still here by ram dass (2000)


Life after stroke — QueenSpark ISBN 0904733343

This 60 page booklet was written by a group of stroke survivors in 1993. We all have stories to tell, and soon we can put them on-line via this blog or otherwise….


The Man Who Lost His Language by Sheila Hale
Allen Lane, New York, 2002. Hard Cover. . From the DJ: The Man Who Lost His Language is both a love story and the story of a quest for medical and scientific knowledge about a common but little-understood illness that could attack any of us, as it attacked the author’s husband, John Hale, one of the world’s leading historians. A month after he finished writing the book that turned out to be his master-piece, Hale suffered a stroke which deprived him of the power to speak or to write. This beautifully, often dramatically, written book conveys with raw honesty the extremes of emotion and behaviour – rage and contentment, desperation and dignity – that affect people disabled by stroke and those who love and care for them. It gives an accessible account of what is known about stroke and what imparied speech tells us about the relationship between language and intelligence – and how much we all communicate without words. Shiela Hale convincingly and grippingly brings together the personal and the universal. The result is a small, unclassifiable masterpiece


cribbed from observer nov 14th

Fintan O’Toole
Journalist and author

Faced with the prospect of death, two writers produced great testaments of faith in humanity. Seamus Heaney’s Human Chain (Faber), written after a stroke, wonderfully evokes the power of memory and of social connection. He has a beautiful line about “love that’s proved by steady gazing/ Not at each other but in the same direction”. Tony Judt’s dying words in Ill Fares the LandandThe Memory Chalet(both Heinemann) make the same connection between memory and society. Judt calls us to gaze in the same directions – back to a notion of austerity as a form of public seriousness and forward to a renewal of equality and mutual care.

Philip Hensher

Candia McWilliam, What to Look for in Winter It’s been too long since Candia McWilliam’s last book, and What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness (Jonathan Cape) explains why. She has lost none of her grace of expression and freshness of thought. A remarkable and brave book.


reading lists – McCrum ect

For some of us, we find coming to terms with a stroke is done by finding out what a stroke is………and it’s after-effects……….in the “reading list” page,  there is a random collection of books ect which may be of interest………..starting with a re-issue of  “My Year Off” by McCrum.


next book is one we found in a car-boot sale: it has the immortal line

The aphasic canary  — a.k.a. the canary who has amusia — can re-cover  prior songs much more easily than a human after a stroke.

frames of mind

technical/medical academic text

use the index to find out what amusia is,  how a canary sings even if deaf and what Broca and Wernicke thought about it all.

And some composers like Maurice Ravel have become amusic following from the onset of aphasia, though the Russian composer Shebalin had no problems despite a severe Wernicke’s aphasia.



Bright Moments: The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk [Illustrated] [Paperback]

John Kruth (Author)

buried in this book are some pages (p. 326 – 373) about his stroke — none of the comments on Amazon mention it — the story of his stroke is on page 327 et seq.:  the kidney dialysis 18 months later did not help – after 6 months “He pulled the tubes out of his arms and said ‘Fuck this – i’m not doin’ this anymore.’ Two days later his was dead.”

BRIGHT MOMENTS, culled from three years of in-depth interviews and research, establishes once and for all the brilliant multi-instrumentalist’s place in the pantheon of jazz giants. A blind black musician who played three horns simultaneously, Kirk’s tenacious spirit never allowed obstacles to stand in his way.


Music, the Brain and Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination [Paperback]

Robert Jourdain (Author)

good description how MMR scans work (or not) —
nice approach to AMUSIA


Diana Law MBE -

Diana Law MBE –


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