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Brain on Fire - My Month of Madness

Susannah Cahalan

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Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Heather Henderson

Length:

7h 50m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:40

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

10:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

16:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

14:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:54


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:42