Brain on Fire - Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire

By Susannah Cahalan

  • Release Date: 2012-11-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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Description

An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.

When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?

In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that…could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.

Reviews

  • Loved it!

    4
    By jordancckrll
    Loved it! I couldn't put it down once I started reading!
  • It's a hit

    5
    By Duck_duck123
    Mesmerizing. I knew from the moment I read it that it needed to made into a movie. And now it is. Cheers!
  • Brain on Fire

    5
    By JennyLizzie
    Stayed up all night reading this book! Great insight into what having a mental illness would be like and a surprising medical reason for the source of the disease. Leaves on wondering how many other mental conditions have an underlying physical source.
  • Incredible Journey

    5
    By Marty K.A.
    This is a great read. I throughly enjoyed the incredible and frightening journey this young woman lived through!
  • Couldn't put it down

    5
    By nonenonenonenoone
    Read it in 3 days. This story was incredible. She's a great writer and I have never heard of what she suffered from. Enlightening and so thankful she recovered.
  • Brain on Fire

    5
    By Love to laugh!
    Being a nurse for 30 years I now think of the many patients I have taken care of over the years and wonder how many of them were misdiagnosed. Thank you for getting the word out to the medical profession so that more people can be helped and not lost in the system. You are an amazing person with an amazing story that has been told in a way that anyone can understand. A must read for all health care workers.
  • Incredible

    5
    By Kawombat50
    A fantastic read that rates in my top 3 books this year. A must read!
  • Amazing!

    5
    By AliAlvarado
    I found myself reading at 3am. Every doctor should read this book. If you're into a good book and like science this is a perfect book for you. I really appreciated the science in the book, not only an amazing story but I learned a lot more than expected. Great book!!
  • Brain on Fire

    5
    By Ms. Zs
    Fascinating page turner that will change your life. Thank you SC for sharing your story and saving many other lives in doing so.
  • Exhilerating, Inspriing, Facinating

    5
    By Sosa, D
    This book was recommended to me by a proffesor because I study neuroscience. Not only was Susannah’s story gripping and insightfuil, it solidified my choice to study medicine. I hope to be as wonderful a physician as Najjar and Dalmau. Susannah’s writing was amazing and I became engrossed in the narrative. The best non-fiction narrative book I have read.