Book Recommendations


My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

When Dr. Taylor suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 37, she had the unique perspective of being a trained neuroanatomist. In this moving memoir, she recounts her experience of losing the ability to speak, walk, read and write - and her subsequent recovery - with the knowledge of a brain scientist. Although CAA was not the cause of her hemorrhage, her story of hope and recovery can be of great value to our patients and their caregivers.
- Alison Ayres, Data Manager


The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

Norman Doidge, M.D.

Dr. Doidge presents the extraordinary idea that our brains are not hard wired or fixed; our brains are incredibly plastic and the structure of our brain changes in response to our thoughts. Doidge explores the extent of our brains' malleability and the power of neurorehabilitation. He presents the case of a man who recovers from a devastating stroke, a woman who thrives despite being born with half of a brain, and several other moving stories of the brain's ability to heal. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to understand and be inspired by the incredible resilience of our brains.
- Anne Reed, Clinical Research Coordinator


Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory

Aaron Nelson, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Nelson's study offers good insights into differences between cognitive changes associated with normal aging and changes due to different disease processes. A good book to help patients and family understand the mechanisms of cognitive impairment in the elderly. The book also offers suggestions and potential approaches in daily life on how to improve one's memory.
- Dr. Anand Viswanathan