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Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life
Peggy Mason, The University of Chicago
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The Bauby Story
Notes taken on May 16, 2014 by Edward Tanguay
story: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
the editor of Elle, leading fashion magazine of France
was driving and had a sudden, massive stroke in his brain stem
left him paralyzed
couldn't point
couldn't swallow
couldn't talk
couldn't move
the way he wrote
often people with the locked-in syndrome can move an eyelid
this was the case with Bauby
an assistant read out the letters of the French alphabet and he blinked when she got to the right letter
with the one avenue that Bauby had to express himself, he did, and he did so eloquently
it shows a craving for life and expression
he died just after the book was published
the diving bell
is trapped inside his body as one is trapped inside a diving bell
has physical abnormalities, feels sensations that are not connected to a body
the butterfly
at the same time he can soar with his mind
he describes scenes in the present tense, it's happening in his brain and that's his reality
relived memories become his reality
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life and Death
Jean-Dominique Bauby
About French man who has stroke, left him in locked-in syndrome, yet he wrote a 131-page book by blinking his left eye-lid and his partner wrote each word