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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Hardcover – Nov 13 2012


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (Nov. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781451621372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451621372
  • ASIN: 145162137X
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 15.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Neshine on April 20 2013
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I was amazed by this book. Compelling, well written, brutally honest, I couldn't put it down. It is also informative, as Cahalan did considerable research about the brain, and included some of it in some very accessible notes. There is a genuine feeling of suspense and fear, as doctors struggle to discover what is wrong with this strange patient while Cahalan's family struggle to support her, while dealing with their own fears, and terrors. I can't recommend this book enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Peery on Jan. 5 2014
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Susanna Cahalan is the victim of anti-NMDA encephalitis and this book is about her illness and her recovery. Misdiagnoses abound, with times spent on psychiatric wards, family doubts, fears, and not knowing what to do about their previously accomplished daughter. It's a disease becoming more and more identified as research is bringing it and the symptoms to the public eye. I gave this book to my daughter after I'd read it. She is a health care worker and it has helped her base of knowledge. She loaned it to her brother in-law, who took it with him to Paris. Cahalan's illness and recovery is a good read and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emilee on July 12 2013
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This book is a great read, not only does Susannah relive her experience but you can tell she did a lot of research on what happened to her during her "month of madness". By showing the emotion everyone felt around her during this time its almost like you were there too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J McKenna on May 14 2013
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The line between mental illness and organic brain disease has been irrevocably blurred if not completely erased by Susannah's account off her month of madness. Her story, reconstructed from her own admittedly unreliable memories combined with her parents' journal entries and hospital videotapes during her admission to the epilepsy unit at NYU, is a realistic account of a rapid descent into a severe neurological condition superficially resembling schizophrenia. It is frightening in how close she came to being diagnosed as schizophrenic when she really had a reversible, treatable, auto-immune encephalitis. Her diagnosis which required weeks of tests and referral to several neurologists was pursued relentlessly by her parents with the support of her boyfriend, despite at times seeming hopeless. This is a moving and realistic account that provides fascinating insights into diseases of the mind and the power of love in healing. Susannah's story reaffirms the importance of having someone who cares enough to keep pushing until an answer is found, particularly when nobody seems to know what is going on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Cummings on March 21 2013
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I kept thinking what if this had happened to me!

True story from which I learned a lot about health and love.

I recommend it!
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I work in a medical environment so I really enjoyed this book. The writing was excellent. Very enlightening in respect to not judging too quickly when someone exhibits irrational behaviour. So glad the outcome for S. was a happy one. I would recommend and have done with my book club to read this.
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By MapleBud on June 8 2014
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Amazingly interesting book! You will not be disappointed. I could not put it down. I passed this book on to all my family members
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I read this book for a book club I belong to.

What a story. A true story of a woman's fight (the author) with a little known diesease called anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis. Look it up for a full explanation of what it is. We went through her syptoms as they developed. We went through fears and worries as she stayed in hospital. We went through her recovery and return to society.

The author did a great job with controlling our emotions. The story took me down with her descent into madness as the disease took control of her life. Then she lifted us up with her miraculous diagnosis and recovery.

I liked how the author did not feel sorry for herself. She did wonder about why it happened to her and why she was so lucky to survive it.

The author did a good job of revealing her character in the book. This was critical to the story as the disease altered her character while it was developing. It could have altered her forever.

The book was easy to read and kept me engrossed. The chapters were short so I could read little bits of it here and there. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
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