Still Lives by Jonathan Cole
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Still Lives
By Jonathan Cole

Still Lives

Narratives of Spinal Cord Injury

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Still Lives by Jonathan Cole

Book Awards

  • Runner-up for ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award: Health 2004.

Book Description

In writing Still Lives, Jonathan Cole wanted to find out about living in a wheelchair, without having what he calls "the doctor/patient thing" intervene. He has done this by asking people with spinal cord injuries the simple question of what it is like to live without sensation and movement in the body. If the body has absented itself, where does the person reside? He describes his method in the first chapter: "I have gone to people, not with a white coat or a stethoscope...[but] to listen to their lives as they express them," and it is the candid and powerful narratives of twelve people with spinal cord injuries that form the heart of the book.Asking his simple question, Cole discovers that there is no single or simple answer. The twelve people with tetraplegia (known as quadriplegia in the US) or paraplegia whose stories he tells testify to similar impairments but widely differing experiences. Cole employs their individual responses to shape the book into six main sections: "Enduring," "Exploring," "Experimenting," "Observing," "Empowering," and, finally, "Continuing." Each concludes with a commentary on the broader issues raised. Still Lives moves from a view of impairment as tragedy to reveal the possibilities and richness of experience available to those living with spinal injuries. More universally, it offers new perspectives on our relation to our bodies. In exploring the creative and imaginative adjustments required to construct a "still life," it makes a plea for the able-bodied to adjust their view of this most profound of impairments.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262532846
ISBN-10: 0262532840
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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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.

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.

Pride and a Daily Marathon by Jonathan Cole Pride and a Daily Marathon, Paperback (September 1995)

"It is a remarkable human document, a neurological epic. A case-history, a physiological investigation, a detective story and a romance." Oliver Sacks

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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.

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