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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
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-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 <U+0027>(3z<U+0027>(Bflight risk, <U+0027>(S3<U+0027>(B and her medical records, chronicling a month-long 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 swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her inexplicable descent into madness and the brilliant, 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, at the last minute, celebrated 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 <U+0027>(S2<U+0027>(Bdemonic possessions<U+0027>(S3<U+0027>(B throughout history
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
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10141126
Cataloging source
DLC
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Cahalan, Susannah,
Dewey number
B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Cahalan, Susannah
  • Cahalan, Susannah
  • Encephalitis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Frontal lobes
  • Limbic system
  • Diagnostic errors
Target audience
adult
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my month of madness
Label
Brain on fire : my month of madness, Susannah Cahalan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-389)
Control code
000050305027
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
399 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781611736786
Isbn Type
(library binding : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012046409
System control number
(OCoLC)840378301
Label
Brain on fire : my month of madness, Susannah Cahalan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-389)
Control code
000050305027
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
399 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781611736786
Isbn Type
(library binding : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012046409
System control number
(OCoLC)840378301

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