Thursday, June 5, 2014
Book 23/50: Brain on Fire
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susan Cahalan
From Goodreads: A gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a young New York Post reporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease, opening a new 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.
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.
With sharp reporting drawn from hospital records, scientific research, and interviews with doctors and family, Brain on Fire is a crackling mystery and an unflinching, gripping personal story that marks the debut of an extraordinary writer.
What I thought: Everyone has had crazy moments. The time you completely lost it and felt out of control. But what if it was your brain and your body doing it to you? The betrayal is hard to understand. This book is well-written and gripping and had me turning page after page to find out what was wrong with the author. It would make a great novel but I was happy that it was a memoir and so I knew all along that the author made it. If House was still on TV I'm sure an episode would have been made about this disease. I would definitely recommend this book.
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