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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (edició 2013)

de Susannah Cahalan (Autor)

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One day in 2009, twenty-four-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. A wristband marked her as a "flight risk," and her medical records, chronicling a monthlong hospital stay of which she had no memory at all, showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Only weeks earlier, Susannah had been on the threshold of a new, adult life, a healthy, ambitious college grad a few months into her first serious relationship and a promising career as a cub reporter at a major New York newspaper. Who was the stranger who had taken over her body? What was happening to her mind? In this narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her inexplicable descent into madness and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn't happen. A team of doctors would spend a month, and more than a million dollars, trying desperately to pin down a medical explanation for what had gone wrong. Meanwhile, as the days passed and her family, boyfriend, and friends helplessly stood watch by her bed, she began to move inexorably through psychosis into catatonia and, ultimately, toward death. Yet even as this period nearly tore her family apart, it offered an extraordinary testament to their faith in Susannah and their refusal to let her go. Then, neurologist Souhel Najjar joined her team and, with the help of a lucky, ingenious test, saved her life. He recognized the symptoms of a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain, a disease now thought to be tied to both schizophrenia and autism, and perhaps the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history. This story is the powerful account of one woman's struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills, and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness, Susannah pieces together the story of her "lost month" to write an unforgettable memoir about memory and identity, faith and love.… (més)
Membre:katihinds
Títol:Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Autors:Susannah Cahalan (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2013), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
Col·leccions:USFSM Book Club
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Book Club, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Medical Mystery

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness de Susannah Cahalan

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Fascinating story of a woman who survived a rare disease that led to months of recovery, months of erratic behavior and a whole lot of improper treatment and diagnoses. I read this book all in one day because it was written so well and was so captivating. Really great read. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
This book was some eye opening experience reading I wasnt expecting, and I loved every second of it. This was unreal what happened to her and her experience and it was described so freaking well that I just can't believe it! It's crazy what one goes through in their life and what happens to a person in search of a diagnosis! ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
Totally enthralled already & I only just finished chapter 4! ( )
  Squidget | Aug 1, 2020 |
Absolutely fascinating. To be a real life Dr. House patient and survive to tell the tale. Flew through this book in no time. I wonder if her memory of Madame X has popped up yet. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
Ultimately a compelling story that could have been framed better.

It's very interesting to see a memoir that talks about how a sickness can destroy somebody's life. This is a person who was fairly well off, young and accomplished, and yet their life got demolished all of the sudden due to an unknown condition. It's a unique story that isn't told often, although the author herself will admit that it's only able to end the way it does because of immense financial privilege.

My main issue is that so much of the book was spent in this sort of "I wonder what the problem is" mystery. Which I'm sure at the time was very difficult, but as the reader I've looked the book up and I know what the problem is. At no point did I think she had schizoaffective disorder (side note, some of the commentary on mental illness is a bit uncomfy but that's a minor issue).

I wish the focus of the author had been different, but I might be in the minority of readers in that regard. Overall this is clearly a talented writer who told a very authentic story in a compelling way. A good memoir, arguably a great memoir, but far from perfect. ( )
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"..a fascinating and compelling story told in a smart, succinct style.."
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If all I can remember are hallucinations, how can I rely on my own mind?
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One day in 2009, twenty-four-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. A wristband marked her as a "flight risk," and her medical records, chronicling a monthlong hospital stay of which she had no memory at all, showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Only weeks earlier, Susannah had been on the threshold of a new, adult life, a healthy, ambitious college grad a few months into her first serious relationship and a promising career as a cub reporter at a major New York newspaper. Who was the stranger who had taken over her body? What was happening to her mind? In this narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her inexplicable descent into madness and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn't happen. A team of doctors would spend a month, and more than a million dollars, trying desperately to pin down a medical explanation for what had gone wrong. Meanwhile, as the days passed and her family, boyfriend, and friends helplessly stood watch by her bed, she began to move inexorably through psychosis into catatonia and, ultimately, toward death. Yet even as this period nearly tore her family apart, it offered an extraordinary testament to their faith in Susannah and their refusal to let her go. Then, neurologist Souhel Najjar joined her team and, with the help of a lucky, ingenious test, saved her life. He recognized the symptoms of a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain, a disease now thought to be tied to both schizophrenia and autism, and perhaps the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history. This story is the powerful account of one woman's struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills, and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness, Susannah pieces together the story of her "lost month" to write an unforgettable memoir about memory and identity, faith and love.

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