Brain on Fire My Month of Madness

ISBN-10: 145162137X
ISBN-13: 9781451621372
Edition: 2012
Authors: Susannah Cahalan
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Description: A gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a youngNew York Postreporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease, opening anew window into the fascinating world of brain science.One day, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

A gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a youngNew York Postreporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease, opening anew window into the fascinating world of brain science.One day, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records—from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory—showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four year old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter.     Susannah’s astonishing memoir chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by and Susannah moved inexplicably from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit her to the psychiatric ward, in effect condemning her to a lifetime of institutions, or death, until Dr. Souhel Najjar—nicknamed Dr. House—joined her team. He asked Susannah to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of “demonic possessions” throughout history.     With sharp reporting drawn from hospital records, scientific research, and interviews with doctors and family,Brain on Fireis a crackling mystery and an unflinching, gripping personal story that marks the debut of an extraordinary writer.

Author's Note
Preface
Crazy
Bedbug Blues
The Girl in the Black Lace Bra
Carota
The Wrestler
Cold Roses
America's Most Wanted
On the Road Again
Out-of-Body Experience
A Touch of Madness
Mixed Episodes
Keppra
The Ruse
Buddha
Search and Seizure
The Clock
The Capgras Delusion
Postictal Fury
Multiple Personality Disorder
Breaking News
Big Man
The Slope of the Line
Death with Interruptions
A Beautiful Mess
Dr. Najjar
IVIG
Blue Devil Fit
The Clock
Brain Biopsy
Shadowboxer
Dalmau's Disease
Rhubarb
The Big Reveal
90 Percent
Homecoming
California Dreamin'
In Search of Lost Time
The Videotape
Stuffed Animals
Wild at Heart
Friends
Within Normal Limits
Umbrella
Chronology
Infinite Jest
NDMA
Partial Return
The Five W's
Grand Rounds
The Exorcist
Survivor's Guilt
Hometown Boy Makes Good
Ecstatic
Flight Risk?
Madame X
The Purple Lady
Notes
Acknowledgments

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