Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan
Narrated by Heather Henderson

Highbridge Company | November 13, 2012 | Audio Book (CD)

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
One day, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records-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-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter.
 
 Susannah's astonishing memoir chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by and Susannah moved inexplicably from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit her to the psychiatric ward, in effect condemning her to a lifetime of institutions, or death, until Dr. Souhel Najjar-nicknamed Dr. House-joined her team. He asked Susannah to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of "demonic possessions" throughout history.
 
 With sharp reporting drawn from hospital records, scientific research, and interviews with doctors and family, Brain on Fire is a crackling mystery and an unflinching, gripping personal story that marks the debut of an extraordinary writer.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 465 pages, 5.94 × 5.13 × 0.94 in

Published: November 13, 2012

Publisher: Highbridge Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1611749786

ISBN - 13: 9781611749786

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic! what a great book!
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enlightening! Excellent read!
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!! I bought the book a couple months ago and really enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Emotional Rollercoaster 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.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting This book was a terrifying account of something that could happen to anyone. I never thought about how similar neurological and physchological issues can be and how easily they can be misdiagnosed. Susannah Cahalan was amazingly able to piece together most of a puzzle that others would have probably considered a month that they would have never gotten back. I felt as though every step and discovery she was making, I was right there in her mind making them with her. Worth the read!
Date published: 2014-03-25

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan
Narrated by Heather Henderson

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 465 pages, 5.94 × 5.13 × 0.94 in

Published: November 13, 2012

Publisher: Highbridge Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1611749786

ISBN - 13: 9781611749786

From the Publisher

One day, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records-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-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter.
 
 Susannah's astonishing memoir chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by and Susannah moved inexplicably from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit her to the psychiatric ward, in effect condemning her to a lifetime of institutions, or death, until Dr. Souhel Najjar-nicknamed Dr. House-joined her team. He asked Susannah to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of "demonic possessions" throughout history.
 
 With sharp reporting drawn from hospital records, scientific research, and interviews with doctors and family, Brain on Fire is a crackling mystery and an unflinching, gripping personal story that marks the debut of an extraordinary writer.

About the Author

SUSANNAH CAHALAN is a news reporter at the New York Post whose award-winning work has also been featured in The New York Times. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

HEATHER HENDERSON has brought her authentic, resonant voice and a full cast of characters (from a Scots nanny to a Fargo housewife) to hundreds of projects during her 20-year career. She earned her doctorate at the Yale School of Drama, and her credits include production dramaturgy on the world premiere of August Wilson's Fences. She has published arts features and reviews in newspapers across the U.S. and has won awards for poetry and screenwriting. What seems to impress people most, though, is that she was an extra in Animal House.

Editorial Reviews

"A fast-paced and well-researched trek through a medical mystery to a hard-won recovery."
      -Publishers Weekly