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My 4* book review of ‘Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness’ by Susannah Cahalan’

Well, this book is certainly full of surprises as we read this about a short period in this young lady’s life. Her world is turned upside down as strange, frightening symptoms hit her brain and body. We then learn about the relatively rare illness that has taken over…

I loved the beginning of the book more than the rest as it did slow down as more and more medical facts were told, but then if I think about taking any of those facts out, I just would not do so as they are all part of this fascinating story. 

Susannah had a lot of help to put this book together, as referenced in the very long ‘Acknowledgements’ section, but it shows, as the writing is fluid, the details second to none and the story interesting.

My main issues are the slightly less than warm references to mental illness, Schizophrenia and psychiatric hospitals at times, but then that is just my opinion since I am very involved with mental health issues myself.  Other than that, this is a great book and well done Susannah! 4* from me! 🙂

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