#ThrowbackThursday, research from May 1, 2009:
After stroke, brain learns to see again

Once thought irreversible, vision loss sometimes associated with stroke may be treatable. By doing a set of vigorous visual exercises on a computer every day for several months, patients who had gone partially blind as a result of suffering a stroke were able to regain some vision.

Such rigorous visual retraining is not common for people who suffer blindness after a stroke. That’s in contrast to other consequences of stroke, such as speech or movement difficulties, where rehabilitation is common and successful.

“We were very surprised when we saw the results from our first patients,” says Krystel Huxlin, the neuroscientist and associate professor who led the study of seven patients at the University of Rochester’s Eye Institute. “This is a type of brain damage that clinicians and scientists have long believed you simply can’t recover from. It’s devastating, and patients are usually sent home to somehow deal with it the best they can.”

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Funding to support the work came from Research to Prevent Blindness, the Pfeiffer Foundation, the Schmitt Foundation, and the National Eye Institute.

Continuing on trend from last week, #BKMLibrary has even more new acquisitions to sharewith you. MaureenCummins is a former Brooklynite who has produced over 25 limited edition Artist Books so far. #BKMLibrary owns some books by or about her work. Two newer books by her are detailed below.

Anthro{A}pology is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated book (three-quarter bound in the style of 19th century textbooks) containing images “from scientific books and other “official” sources dating from 1590 to 1968.” The images are accompanied by text of imagined apologies written by the artist in the style of the time. Cummins says that Anthro(A)pology  “(is) a satirical look at the history of scientific racism —how pseudo-scientific images, charts, and diagrams have been used to “teach racism.” She successfully mines the past to reveal a new understanding of history, altering it in the process to encourage a dialogue.

In the minute before / in the minute after is a collaboration between Cummins and Tona Wilson. The book was part of the Al-Mutanabi Project, a community of artists responding to the bombing of Al-Mutanabi Street in Baghdad on March 5, 2007. The book allows the reader to “flip from one narrative to the next, from a bright, jewel-colored world to a dark, fragmented one, neither of which is clearly the beginning or the end of the story.” The minute before depicts beauty and peace while the minute after depicts chaos and annihilation where the only light source is of books being burned.

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Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
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  • Lindley Meadow, 9/28/75

Grateful Dead - “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad”

Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, 9/28/75