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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (edição: 2012)

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.… (mais)
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Título:Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Autores:Susannah Cahalan (Autor)
Informação:HighBridge Audio (2012), Edition: Unabridged,Unabridged; 7.75 hours, 465 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:non-fiction-read, non-fiction

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Brain on Fire is Susannah Cahalan's reconstruction of her harrowing experience with brain inflammation. She was a 24-year old reporter with the New York Post in 2008 when she began to deteriorate rapidly, starting with numbness, and then paranoia and psychosis. For anybody who loved the TV series House, this book is for you. Admitted to NYU Langone and almost diagnosed with alcoholism or schizophrenia, a brilliant doctor (Souhel Najjar) used a simple visual test to diagnose her illness, after a million dollars of medical tests failed. The writing is strong, but the book's latter half, describing her recovery, was far less compelling than the first half, which chronicled her deterioration and diagnosis. Recommended reading. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
nonfiction; psychology/science/medical curiosities. This personal account by NY post journalist is fascinating and intensely readable. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This book tells a very dramatic and emotionally stirring story, aided by the use of short chapters that make intense moments stand out. ( )
  100sheets | Jun 7, 2021 |
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 |
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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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