Brain on Fire

brain on fire cover image Brain on Fire

by Susannah Cahalan
Health & Psychology
Simon & Schuster
Paperback, 288 pages

This one is just out in paperback and reads like a gripping suspense novel. The author, a twenty-four year old New York Post reporter at the time, regained consciousness after a month-long confinement in a psychiatric ward. She was strapped down and under guard. She had no memory of the violent and psychotic circumstances that had led her there. The story of her illness and the medical response by a dogged team of physicians – including a “Dr. House” – is absolutely fascinating.  Cahalan’s writing makes an already harrowing story even better. She’s the real thing and this will rank among the best of medical procedurals.