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Paperback | $18.95 Trade | £14.95 | ISBN: 9780262532846 | 352 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 2 illus.| February 2006

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Still Lives

Narratives of Spinal Cord Injury

About the Author

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.


“"Illuminating reading; inspiring, too." Roy Herbert NewScientist”—
“"These interviews...have a documentary quality that makes them gripping." Druin Burch Times Literary Supplement”—


“Cole gets better and better at capturing and communicating the experiences of patients who find it difficult to put the full range of their problems into words. In Still Lives he encounters and recounts remarkable cases of those who suffer from spinal cord injuries -- some of them whose consciousness is 'consumed' by their situation, and some of them who turn paralysis into an instrument for social change. Philosophically, this is a book about normal embodiment as much as about paraplegics and tetraplegics. These interviews throw into relief exactly the things that those of us who can move take so much fro granted -- not just the ease of willful action, but the ability to express ourselves and to relate to others. Cole draws a picture of the radically different lives of these patients, their differing responses to their injuries, and the various worlds defined by their experiences. He provides expert insight into the medical conditions, but also into the social conditions, that define the situations of those with disabling paralysis. Throughout, Cole moves effortlessly from the personal to the political to the philosophical, as he maps out the stories of people who are still living despite their still lives.”
Shaun Gallagher, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Central Florida
“In this excellent book Jonathan Cole thoroughly examines spinal cord ingury with the compassion of both a first-rate doctor and a caring human being. Many voices are heard, some for the first time in public. This is a truly distinguished work, accessible to the layperson and most motable for its empathetic inclusion of widely differing viewpoints.”
Christopher Reeve
“Jonathan Cole has let twelve people with spinal cord injury talk to us showing us their minds as they adjust their lives to their bodies. This is a compelling and thought-provoking book written from a viewpoint which combines scientific knowledge a total respect for the individual and an awareness of the contribution that our body makes to who we are.”
Patrick Haggard, Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London


Bronze Award Winner for Health in the 2004 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards