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Brain on Fire

My Month of Madness
Cahalan, Susannah (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The story of twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan and the life-saving discovery of the autoimmune disorder that nearly killed her--and that could perhaps be the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history.
Authors: Cahalan, Susannah
Title: Brain on fire
my month of madness
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Characteristics: xii, 264 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Susannah Cahalan
Summary: The story of twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan and the life-saving discovery of the autoimmune disorder that nearly killed her--and that could perhaps be the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history.
ISBN: 9781451621372
145162137X
9781451621396
1451621396
Branch Call Number: 616.8320092 C1321b 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Cahalan, Susannah Health Cahalan, Susannah Mental health Encephalitis Patients United States Biography Autoimmune diseases Patients United States Biography Frontal lobes Diseases Patients United States Biography Limbic system Diseases Patients United States Biography Diagnostic errors United States Case studies
Topical Term: Encephalitis
Autoimmune diseases
Frontal lobes
Limbic system
Diagnostic errors
LCCN: 2012012670
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Imagine you are 24, healthy and ready to get on with your life.
Now imagine you wake up strapped to a hospital bed unable to move or speak.
What is wrong?
True story.

Susannah Calahan was young, happy, healthy, successful. And then she woke up one morning strapped to a hospital bed, unable to move or speak, labeled violent, psychotic, and a flight risk. What was wrong with her?

Join the discussion on June 8, 2015. You live a normal life, young, happy, healthy, a good person, successful. Imagine waking up one morning strapped to a hospital bed, unable to move or speak, labeled violent, psychotic, and a flight risk. It could happen. It did happen.

Join the discussion on Jan. 11, 2015. You live a normal life, young, happy, healthy, a good person, successful. Imagine waking up one morning strapped to a hospital bed, unable to move or speak, labeled violent, psychotic, and a flight risk. It could happen. It did happen.

Join the discussion on June 23, 2015. You live a normal life, young, happy, healthy, a good person, successful. Imagine waking up one morning strapped to a hospital bed, unable to move or speak, labeled violent, psychotic, and a flight risk. It could happen. It did happen.


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Oct 07, 2014
  • renea70 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Her ordeal was very scary and the book started strong but then it just kind of dragged on in certain area's for me so I ended up skimming thru a lot of it.

"Susanah Calahan is a woman to seems to have it all. A good job, great boyfriend, supportive family and friends. But constant headaches, memory lapses that seem mundane worsen, leading to convulsions, momentary dementia and eventual psychosis.

What will it take to find out what's wrong...and will it be done in time before she finds herself institutionalized forever? "
- Susanah Calahan, George Bruce

NYPL Staff Pick
A young New York Post reporter struggles for a month with a rare autoimmune disease that attacks her brain.
- Selection Team

Jun 13, 2014
  • dairyqueen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hard to put down!

Mar 17, 2014
  • sharus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A terrifying look into this woman's month of madness. A must read that will leave a long lasting impression on readers. Watching some of Susannah Cahalan's videos on you tube will give readers another shocking look into what this woman went through.

Dec 10, 2013
  • Keyaans rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very interesting read. The author’s excellent writing skills make the story easy to understand. It also shows that we can come over anything as longs as we and the people around us, believe in us.
I would recommend it to anyone.

Sep 30, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is the story of the writer's battle with a mysterious illness. Susannah's "weirdness" starts with an innocuous fear of having been bitten by bedbugs to a month long stay in hospital with increasingly major symptoms which defy diagnosis. An illness which costs a million dollars to treat, Susannah is one of the lucky ones. Read about the month long battle with the author, her family, and doctors each treating the illness differently. Will Susannah be back to her old self, or is that gone and lost forever? You'll only know if you read this gripping memoir.

Sep 29, 2013
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent story of a young woman whose brain infection nearly destroys who she is. I was mesmerized by the quick, downhill spiral her life took. The diagnosis was difficult to achieve. Had it not be for a few perceptive and well-read doctors, Susannah might have spent her life in a mental institution. The brain is a fascinating organ, and infections running rampant can cause a myriad of bizarre, almost possessed, behaviors. The book is well written, sometimes a little overly technical for the layman, but very insightful and engrossing.

Aug 21, 2013
  • smichal rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A whole lot of blabbing which could be summarized by describing the symptoms and then the proper diagnosis and recovery. Most of this book was descriptions of conversations with doctors, play-by-play of videos recorded in the hospital, medical tests, etc. It was kind of spooky at the beginning (symptoms of a mental disorder) but became boring and stayed boring. Would only recommend this book to those suffering from this rare medical condition. Listening to people complain about their health problems is very draining and boring.

Aug 10, 2013
  • tnorris rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It is an interesting read, though repetitious.

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