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Pride and a Daily Marathon
By Jonathan Cole

Pride and a Daily Marathon

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Pride and a Daily Marathon by Jonathan Cole

Book Description

At the age of 19, Ian Waterman was suddenly struck down at work by a rare neurological illness that deprived him of all sensation below the neck. He fell on the floor in a heap, unable to stand or control his limbs, having lost the sense of joint position and proprioception, of that "sixth sense" of his body in space, which we all take for granted. After months in a neurological ward he was judged incurable and condemned to a life of wheelchair dependence. This is the first U.S. publication of a remarkable book by his physician, Jonathan Cole. It tells the compelling story, including a clear clinical description of a rare condition, of how Waterman reclaimed a life of full mobility against all expectations, by mental effort and sheer courage. Cole describes how Waterman gradually adapted to his strange condition. As the doctors had predicted, there was no neurological recovery. He had to monitor every movement by sight to work out where his limbs were, since he had no feedback from his peripheral nerves. But with astonishing persistence Waterman developed elaborate tricks and strategies to control his movements, enabling him to cope not only with the day-to-day problems of living, but even with the challenges of work, love, and marriage.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262531368
ISBN-10: 0262531364
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Losing Touch by Jonathan Cole Losing Touch, Hardback (June 2016)

Ian Waterman lost all sense of movement below the neck over forty years ago. Unable to move, he felt disembodied and frightened. Slowly, he taught himself to dress, eat and walk by thinking about each movement with visual supervision. Here we see the science behind this rare condition but also Ian's personal journey through his unique response

Invisible Smile by Jonathan Cole Invisible Smile, Hardback (October 2008)

We are defined by our faces. They give identity but, equally importantly, reveal our moods and emotions through facial expression. So what happens when the face cannot move? This book is about people who live with Mobius Syndrome, which has as its main feature an absence of movement of the muscles of facial expression from birth.

Still Lives by Jonathan Cole Still Lives, Paperback (March 2006)

An examination, through personal narratives and reflective commentary, of life without sensation or movement in the body.

Man Who Tasted Shapes by Jonathan Cole Man Who Tasted Shapes, Paperback (August 2003)

In this medical detective adventure, Cytowic shows how synesthesia, or "joined sensation," illuminates a wide swath of mental life and leads to a new view of what it means to be human.

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Author Biography - Jonathan Cole

Jonathan Cole, D.M., F.R.C.P., is Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital, and at Salisbury Hospital (with its Spinal Centre), a Professor at Bournemouth University and a visiting Senior Lecturer, Southampton University. The late Oliver Sacks was a neurologist and the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings, Musicophilia, and other books.

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