Saturday, October 26, 2013


Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In keeping with journalistic style, Cahalan's writing is straighforward, making this telling of her incredible story a quick read. She evokes the feeling--that I'm sure she and others felt--of hardly being able to believe what was happening, The quick pace matches her swift descent into sickness, and likewise making things fast for the reader too. It was a bit like watching something terrible happen that you can't prevent, but can't look away from. There is a good amount of medical explanations, nothing overwhelming, but sufficient enough to really understand what happened.

This is really a story of strong people--Cahalan herself on some base level, her family and her boyfriend. And of course the amazing doctors . . . it's incredible that they are discovering and diagnosing and accomplishing so much.

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