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The Resource Brain on fire : my month of madness, Susan Cahalan

Brain on fire : my month of madness, Susan Cahalan

Label
Brain on fire : my month of madness
Title
Brain on fire
Title remainder
my month of madness
Statement of responsibility
Susan Cahalan
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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 he help of a lucky, ingenious test, saved her life. He recognized the symptoms of a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks th 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
  • 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
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cahalan, Susannah
Dewey number
616.8/320092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC390
LC item number
.C24 2013
Literary form
non fiction
NLM call number
WL 351
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cahalan, Susannah
  • Cahalan, Susannah
  • Encephalitis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Frontal lobes
  • Limbic system
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Encephalitis
  • Cahalan, Susannah
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Encephalitis
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Brain on fire : my month of madness, Susan Cahalan
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"With a new afterword"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (unnumbered page 253-page 261)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Pt. 1. Crazy -- pt. 2. The clock -- pt. 3. In search of lost time
Control code
823897168
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition August 2013.
Extent
xiv, 266 pages
Isbn
9781451621389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)823897168
Label
Brain on fire : my month of madness, Susan Cahalan
Publication
Note
"With a new afterword"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (unnumbered page 253-page 261)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Pt. 1. Crazy -- pt. 2. The clock -- pt. 3. In search of lost time
Control code
823897168
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition August 2013.
Extent
xiv, 266 pages
Isbn
9781451621389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)823897168

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