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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Susannah Cahalan’s memoir.

I had been in the hospital for eighteen days, and not only wasn’t I any closer to a cure, I wasn’t but my condition seemed to be heading steadily downhill.

p. 121, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan’s memoir is electrifying. Written with the help of medical journals, the journals of her parents, and other such resources, she recreates her month where her brain was on fire, suffering from a rare autoimmune disease.