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

af Susannah Cahalan (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
Medlem:mollann
Titel:Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Forfattere:Susannah Cahalan (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2013), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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This was a strange boook to read and it took me a while to get through it. I had trouble understanding the diagnosis, but the way she told her story was still very interesting. ( )
  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
之前看藥物相關書籍寫到NMDA受體時提到這本書就找來看,調查記者的文筆果真不一般,整本書都讀得特別順暢,放下書都還想著趕緊接著看。

本書本該歸為 memoir,但由於作者已完全喪失病時的記憶、只能靠旁人和醫院的記錄拼湊出自己的經歷,成品倒更像是報告文學。即便作者是在紐約求醫,仍舊輾轉多個醫生、耗費大量金錢才最終確診並得到治療;作為病患我們當然都想遇到通曉疑難雜症的豪斯醫生,但現實卻是免疫學、神經學、精神病學之間隔行如隔山,各路醫生屢次錯把「症狀」當「病因」。

看書過程中恰好看到一條將同事的癲癇當作中邪的微博,呃,都2020年了,癲癇還是被賦予了過度濃烈的神秘學色彩,spread the awareness 依舊很有必要(另外我看的版本還後附討論題,第一次遇見這種形式,仿佛中學英語讀本orz ( )
  puripuri | Sep 9, 2021 |
Wow...just...wow.

I cannot even begin to imagine the hell this woman went through, even though I just finished the book minutes ago. It's one thing to read about it, but to imagine being in that head as her brain completely rebelled against her. Or to be one of her parents or the boyfriend. Unimaginable.

I also give her a lot of credit to sift through that month, to find watch and relive the things that, for the most part, she didn't even remember. To wrap that madness in both arms and embrace it.

This is a terrifying story, well told. It's worth the read. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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 |
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"..a fascinating and compelling story told in a smart, succinct style.."
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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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