The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

My Tale of Madness and Recovery

eBook - 2018
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As a deadly cancer spread inside her brain, leading neuroscientist Barbara Lipska was plunged into madness—only to miraculously survive with her memories intact. In the tradition of My Stroke of Insight and Brain on Fire, this powerful memoir recounts her ordeal and explains its unforgettable lessons about the brain and mind. In January 2015, Barbara Lipska—a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness—was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers. But miraculously, just as her doctors figured out what was happening, the immunotherapy they had prescribed began to work. Just eight weeks after her nightmare began, Lipska returned to normal. With one difference: she remembered her brush with madness with exquisite clarity. In The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, Lipska describes her extraordinary ordeal and its lessons about the mind and brain. She explains how mental illness, brain injury, and age can change our behavior, personality, cognition, and memory. She tells what it is like to experience these changes firsthand. And she reveals what parts of us remain, even when so much else is gone.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HMH Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9781328787279
Characteristics: 224 p.
Additional Contributors: McArdle, Elaine - Author

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Jun 17, 2018

Couldn't convince myself to finish this memoir. The first chapter caught my interest, but it was soon lost as the author spent too much time elaborating on her life. If you are looking for an interesting memoir related to the brain... check out either 'Brain on Fire' or 'My Stroke of Insight.'

Jun 07, 2018

Very, very interesting memoir about a woman who studies brains and then gets brain cancer, loses brain functions- and then gets them back. This is really fascinating whether you have had cancer, mental illness, are interested in brain function, cancer treatment and the toll it takes on patients and families. Thumbs up!

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