Patient H69: The Story of My Second Sight (Hardback)Vanessa Potter (author)
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In the space of 72 hours, Vanessa went from juggling a high-flying career as a producer and caring for her two small children to being completely blind, unable to walk, and with her sense of touch completely gone.
Over the course of the next six months, Vanessa slowly began to recover. Opening her eyes onto a black-and-white world with mutating shapes and colours that crackled and fizzled, she encountered a visual landscape that was completely unrecognisable. As colour reappeared, Vanessa experienced a range of bizarre phenomena as her confused brain tried to make sense of the world around her, and she found herself touching and talking to inanimate objects in order to stimulate her vision - all part of her brain's mechanism for coping with the trauma of sensory loss.
Going blind led Vanessa to turn science sleuth, reinventing herself as Patient H69 to uncover the reality behind her unique condition. With the help of a team of psychologists and neuroscientists, we follow Vanessa's story as she learns the science of herself, transforming her terrifying experience into a positive, inspirational and scientifically fascinating endeavour.
'A brave and frightening reminder of human frailty.' - Sunday Times
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 432 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
For once, the adjectives slathered on a Dramatic First-Person Journey (raw, candid, tragic, inspiring) are warranted. * Times Higher Education Supplement *
Follows this indomitable woman's struggles to win back her sight. * The Times, Saturday Review *
This book reminds us to treasure the gift of sight. * The Time, Saturday Review *
Brilliant, insightful, and inspiring. As Potter explores the science behind her condition, she celebrates the remarkable adaptability and flexibility of the human brain and gives us tools to overcome even the deepest traumas. -- Susan R. Barry, author of Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions
Part patient diary, part journey into and out of blindness, part popular science book, this is an engaging and at times heart-breakingly sad account of what can happen when we lose our sight. A must read for anyone who does not see the world as others do and who wants to know why. -- Hannah Thompson, Reader at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of the Blind Spot blog