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Brain on fire my month of madness

Cahalan, Susannah. (Author).


The story of twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan and the life-saving discovery of the autoimmune disorder that nearly killed her -- and that could perhaps be the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history.
In 2009 the author woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records chronicled a month long hospital stay of which she had no memory at all; the records showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old. 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. Neurologist Souhel Najjar 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 is the account of one woman's struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind.

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  • ISBN: 9781451621372
  • ISBN: 145162137X
  • ISBN: 9781451621396 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 1451621396 (ebook)
  • Physical Description: xii, 264 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012.

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Formatted Contents Note:
Crazy -- The clock -- In search of lost time.
Subject: n-us---
Cahalan, Susannah Health
Cahalan, Susannah Mental health
Encephalitis Patients United States Biography
Autoimmune diseases Patients United States Biography
Frontal lobes Diseases Patients United States Biography
Limbic system Diseases Patients United States Biography
Diagnostic errors United States Case studies

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