We have long viewed our imaginative life with a kind of sacred awe:
In Pedro, then a sixty-five-year-old widower, had a stroke that paralyzed his face and half of his body and left him unable to speak.
Instead, George, then a medical student in Mexico, brought his paralyzed father from New York, where he lived, back to Mexico to live with him. At first he tried to arrange rehabilitation for his father at the American British Hospital, which offered only a typical four-week rehab, as nobody believed the brain could benefit from extended treatment.
After four weeks his father was nowhere near better. He was still helpless and needed to be lifted onto and off the toilet and showered, which George did with the help of the gardener.
The only model I had was how babies learn. Everything we tried involved turning normal life experiences into exercises. We turned washing pots into an exercise. The circumference of the pot kept his hand contained. There were steps, each one overlapping with the one before, and little by little he got better.
After a while he helped to design the steps. He wanted to get to the point where he could sit down and eat with me and the other medical students. Pedro struggled with his speech on his own, and after about three months there were signs it too was coming back.
After a number of months he wanted to resume his writing. He would sit in front of the typewriter, his middle finger over the desired key, then drop his whole arm to strike it. When he had mastered that, he would drop just the wrist, and finally the fingers, one at a time.
Eventually he learned to type normally again. At the end of a year his recovery was complete enough for Pedro, now sixty-eight, to start full-time teaching again at City College in New York.
He loved it and worked until he retired at seventy.
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Then he got another teaching job at San Francisco State, remarried, and kept working, hiking, and traveling. He was active for seven more years after his stroke. On a visit to friends in Bogota, Columbia, he went climbing high in the mountains.
At nine thousand feet he had a heart attack and died shortly thereafter. But Paul, in subsequent years, talked about it in terms of neuroplasticity. Not right away, though. It wasand in those days, before brain scans, autopsies were routine because they were one way doctors could learn about brain diseases, and about why a patient died.
Mary Jane Aguilar to perform the autopsy. Ninety-seven percent of the nerves that run from the cerebral cortex to the spine were destroyed — catastrophic damage that had caused his paralysis. She wanted me to be a coauthor on the paper she wrote about his case.
But after examining that lesion and reviewing the literature, Paul found more evidence that the brain can reorganize itself to recover functions after devastating strokes, discovering that in an American psychologist, Shepherd Ivory Franz, had shown that patients who had been paralyzed for twenty years were capable of making late recoveries with brain-stimulating exercises.
But Paul Bach-y-Rita, based on his knowledge of nerve growth, began to argue that these learning plateaus were temporary — part of a plasticity-based learnign cycle — in which stages of learning are followed by periods of consolidation.The Brain that Changes Itself (by Norman Doidge).
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Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and New York Times bestselling author. He is on the Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York, and on the faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry.
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The brain that changes itself A journey of self awareness. Has helped immensely understanding the past 50 years of my life and why the future is so bright for mankind. PENGUIN BOOKSTHE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELFNorman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher on the faculty at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York and the University of Toronto’s department of psychiatry, as well as an author, essayist, and poet.