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Susannah Cahalan

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Susannah Cahalan has been an investigative reporter at the New York Post for the past ten years. Her work has also been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, and Glamour UK. She received the Silurian Award of Excellence in Journalism for Feature Writing for the article "The Month of visa mer Madness," on which this book is based. visa färre

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Perfectly well written book about an interesting subject that I found somewhat boring.

I bought this because the author was coming to an event at my local bookstore (which I planned to attend but missed due to circumstances) but I might have bought it anyway. The book is about a mysterious neurological illness that overtakes a young woman in her 20s. The ailment is initially mistaken for a psychological issue and the course of her treatment and the discovery of what is ultimately wrong reads much like an episode of Mystery Diagnosis.

I don't know what bothered me about the book. I guess there is too much disparity between the medical stuff (which I like) and the sappy emotional stuff (which I found annoying).

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hmonkeyreads | 153 andra recensioner | Jan 25, 2024 |
This was an easy, fast and fascinating read. Brain on Fire is an important book for calling attention to a newly discovered autoimmunine disorder called NMDA where the body attacks the brain. Cahalan, who was a NY Post reporter, documents her symptoms and recovery as best she can remember (with the help of friends, family and doctors). Her illness started with bouts of paranoia and progressed quickly to hallucinations, mania, and seizures. Cahalan was lucky that her doctor at NYU (Dr. Najjar) had heard of the disorder (discovered at University of Pennsylvania just a few years ago) and didn’t give up on her when all her other tests came back normal. It was frightening to note that one of the "best" neurologists in NYC had never heard of the disorder and was convinced that Cahalan was having a breakdown due to alcohol and job pressures. It makes me wonder how many people are regularly misdiagnosed with schizophrenia or other mental illness or dementia and locked in psychiatric wards when they should be treated with steroids and IVIG treatments.… (mer)
ellink | 153 andra recensioner | Jan 22, 2024 |



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