Brain on Fire
[my Month of Madness]
From Library Staff
An award-winning memoir that goes far beyond being a riveting medical mystery. It's the account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity after an autoimmune reaction to an unknown pathogen that jump-started a brain inflammation. It could happen to anyone.
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.
Her medical record, from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory, showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-old.