A review by storytellerbookco
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan


This book was emotional for me to read because of how it paralleled my own neurologic hospitalization experience, where I had to reconstruct the happenings of more than a week of my life from stories recounted from friends and family who saw me in the hospital while my brain was too busy being in pain to remember anything that happened. Susannah describes the warped perception and incorrect/false memories vividly and accurately, and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what her diagnosis was. Well written recounting of not only a medical mystery but the incredibly difficulty for everyone involved (and how it is often harder for the observing family/friends than for the patient).