Into the Grey Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death

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In 2006 Dr Adrian Owen and his team made medical history. They discovered a new realm of consciousness, a twilight zone somewhere between life and death. They called this the Grey Zone.The people who inhabit the Grey Zone are frequently labelled as being irretrievably lost, with no awareness and no sense of self., The shocking truth is that they are often still there, an intact mind trapped deep inside a broken body and brain, hearing everything around them, experiencing emotions, thoughts, pleasure and pain, just like the rest of us. Not quite living, and not quite gone, they have existed silently in these shadowlands. But now, through Dr Owen's pioneering techniques, we can talk to them - and they can talk back., These shifting boundaries of consciousness have shaken the architecture of our sense of self. We have known for a long time that a body does not define a person - but what if a brain does not define a mind? What does it mean if a mind can exist unharmed within a deeply damaged brain?Through cutting edge research and case studies that are poignant, tragic and uplifting, Dr Owen maps this inner universe of the self, showing us what it means to be alive and human.

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A fascinating and accessible account of cutting-edge science, and of those whose lives have been altered in an instant ...This book will be required reading for anyone sitting by a loved one’s bedside, caregivers, doctors, ethicists, lawyers and philosophers. Source: Sunday Times

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. Source: The Times

A fascinating and highly readable book ... gripping and moving ... Owen's work raises many more questions than it answers. Source: New Statesman

[A] fascinating memoir... Into The Grey Zone reads like a thriller... Owen's enthusiasm for his science crackles from the pages. His determination to fight for the scores of voiceless grey-zone patients he encounters, to prove they're 'thinking, feeling people' is hugely thought-provoking and deeply moving. Source: Mail on Sunday

Riveting and strangely uplifting ... Owen's experiences with grey-zone patients and their families, he said, had changed his life. Reading the book, I can see why: the testimonies of people who have returned from the grey zone evoke the mysteries of consciousness and identity with tremendous power. Author: Joshua Rothman Source: The New Yorker, 'What We're Reading This Summer'

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 'grey zone' by partially recovered patients. Source: Nature magazine

Into the Grey Zone is a personal story of the adventure of life and science, told with a zest that bubbles off the page... a deeply moving book, told through the stories of the real patients, their families, their histories, their successes and failures... It is a book to be read at a single sitting, mixing tragedies with hope. In the words of the first ever patient, Kate – one of those who finally came back from the grey zone: 'I was unresponsive and looked hopeless, but the scans showed people I was in there. It was like magic. It found me.' Author: Professor John Duncan (University of Cambridge) Source: The Psychologist

Fascinating . . . With remarkable clarity, Owen punctuates his findings with concise dispatches on the human condition and the disparities between what is considered quality of life and what some consider an inhumane, dysfunctional existence . . . A striking scientific journey that draws hopeful attention to how the brain reacts, restores, and perseveres despite grave injury. Source: Kirkus Reviews

Vivid, emotional, and thought-provoking . . . Owen's story of horror and hope will long haunt readers. Source: Publishers Weekly

A fantastically thought provoking book that will cause you to question the most essential ideas you have about what it means to be alive, and what it means to be you. Adrian Owen is not just one of our top scientists, but a great storyteller. Author: Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind

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A startling tale of a neuroscientific discovery that revolutionises our thinking about life and death - and gives patients and their families the answers they crave.

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