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

Brain on fire : my month of madness, Susannah Cahalan

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Brain on fire : my month of madness
Title
Brain on fire
Title remainder
my month of madness
Statement of responsibility
Susannah Cahalan
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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 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
Summary
An account of the author's struggle with a rare brain-attacking autoimmune disease traces how she woke up in a hospital room with no memory of baffling psychotic symptoms, describing the last-minute intervention by a doctor who identified the source of her illness
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Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10141126
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
616.8320092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
my month of madness
Label
Brain on fire : my month of madness, Susannah Cahalan
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"With a new afterword"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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 -- Bedbug blues -- The girl in the black lace bra -- Carota -- The wrestler -- Cold roses -- America's most wanted -- On the road again -- Out-of-body experience -- A touch of madness -- Mixed episodes -- Keppra -- The ruse -- Buddha -- Search and seizure -- pt. 2. The clock -- The Capgras delusion -- Postictal fury -- Multiple personality disorder -- Breaking news -- Big man -- The slope of the line -- Death with interruptions -- A beautiful mess -- Dr. Najjar -- IVIG -- Blue devil fit -- The clock -- Brain biopsy -- Shadowboxer -- Dalmau's disease -- Rhubarb -- The big reveal -- 90 percent -- Homecoming -- California dreamin' -- pt. 3. In search of lost time -- The videotape -- Stuffed animals -- Wild at heart -- Friends -- Within normal limits -- Umbrella -- Chronology -- Infinite jest -- NDMA -- Partial return -- The five Ws -- Grand rounds -- The exorcist -- Survivor's guilt -- Hometown boy makes good -- Ecstatic -- Flight risk? -- Madame X -- The purple lady
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
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)ocn823897168
  • (OCoLC)823897168
Label
Brain on fire : my month of madness, Susannah Cahalan
Publication
Note
"With a new afterword"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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 -- Bedbug blues -- The girl in the black lace bra -- Carota -- The wrestler -- Cold roses -- America's most wanted -- On the road again -- Out-of-body experience -- A touch of madness -- Mixed episodes -- Keppra -- The ruse -- Buddha -- Search and seizure -- pt. 2. The clock -- The Capgras delusion -- Postictal fury -- Multiple personality disorder -- Breaking news -- Big man -- The slope of the line -- Death with interruptions -- A beautiful mess -- Dr. Najjar -- IVIG -- Blue devil fit -- The clock -- Brain biopsy -- Shadowboxer -- Dalmau's disease -- Rhubarb -- The big reveal -- 90 percent -- Homecoming -- California dreamin' -- pt. 3. In search of lost time -- The videotape -- Stuffed animals -- Wild at heart -- Friends -- Within normal limits -- Umbrella -- Chronology -- Infinite jest -- NDMA -- Partial return -- The five Ws -- Grand rounds -- The exorcist -- Survivor's guilt -- Hometown boy makes good -- Ecstatic -- Flight risk? -- Madame X -- The purple lady
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
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)ocn823897168
  • (OCoLC)823897168

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